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Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased online at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.

‘Pankhurst — Freedom or Death’: To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, Jeannine Grizzard’s new play uses British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst’s own words to explore her personal battles. Set in 1913, Grizzard’s historical drama probes the deeper issues behind women’s militancy against a world of governance by and for men. Grizzard is the sole actor in the play. Peggy Rubin directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $15.

Mountain Avenue Theatre: Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-8771 for information and group sales. Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com, by calling 866-967-8167, or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop. Group information is available by calling 541-482-8771.

‘Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical’: This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love during the Vietnam War era will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 3-5 and May 10-12, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. May 6 and 13. Lenny Neimark directs, and the show will feature an 11-piece rock ’n’ roll band featuring guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed. Tickets are $20, $25 for reserved seating, and $15 for students 17 and younger or seniors 66 and older.

Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557.

‘The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee’: When six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, they candidly disclose hilarious stories from their lives. Written by Rebecca Feldman and Jay Reiss with music by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, the tweens spell their way through words — some of them potentially made up – hoping never to hear the soul-crushing ding of the bell that signals a mistake. Michele Kyle directs. The show runs through May 6. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15.

Cafe-Girl Productions: cafegirlproductions@gmail.com or 541-226-5886.

‘Running the Human Race’: Cafe-Girl Productions will host a night of script readings at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A St., Ashland. Look for “The Private Dance,” by Ray Nomoto Robison; “Vigilante Grannies,” by Ruth Wire; “Coming Up For Air,” by David Copelin; “Cell Phone Sketch,” by Catherine Hansen; “The Legend of Stingy Jack,” by Nolan Kenmonth; and “Bitch and Moan,” by Justin Blasdel. Admission is $15 at the door.

Collaborative Theater Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctporegon.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office.

‘Himself and Nora’: This new musical drama by Jonathan Brielle is based on the life and work of James Joyce and focuses on the 15 minutes between the time the controversial writer died and the time it took his wife to reach his hospital bed. Daniel Sessions Stephens directs. The ensemble cast includes Cody Pettit, Wyn Reed, Rhea Johnston, Catherin Hansen, Emy Rosales and William Coyne. The show runs through May 13. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28, $22 for seniors and $18 for students.

Crater Renaissance Academy: Crater High School’s Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available at the door.

‘A Tuna Christmas’: Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on all kinds of yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual yard-display contest, won 14 consecutive years in a row by Vera Carp, in Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard’s funny “A Tuna Christmas.” This year, a mysterious vandal threatens to throw the contest into turmoil in the third smallest town of Texas. And in other news, Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Matthew Reynolds directs. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors.

Livia Genise Productions: See liviageniseproductions.org. Tickets available at liviageniseproductions.org, or by cash or check at Paddington Station in Ashland. Oregon Trail cards will be accepted at the door.

‘Death and the Maiden’: Set in a country struggling with democracy after 17 years of brutal dictatorship, playwright Areil Dorfman’s drama follows lawyer Gerardo Escobar as he investigates the crimes of the old regime. His work takes a turn when his wife recognizes a man who tortured her years earlier. “Death and the Maiden” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Paul R. Jones directs. Don Matthews plays Escobar, Rick Hagerman is Roberto Miranda, and Renée Hewitt is Paulina Escobar. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, an organization committed to prevention and healing of sexual abuse. See jacksoncountysart.org for information.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

‘Once’: This musical tells the story of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up the dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. They serve as each others’ muses over the course of a fateful week, and their friendship evolves into a powerful but complicated romance as they collaborate on new, emotionally charged music. Written by John Carney, the Broadway production of “Once” took home eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical. The show opens Friday, April 27, and runs through July 1. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays. Matinees are at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $25 or $39. A special menu created by chef Chris McSevney will be available at the dinner theater.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.

‘Destiny of Desire’: In playwright Karen Zacarias’ hilarious and provocative send-up, love and betrayal overflow amid a colorful cast of Mexican telenovela characters. Two girls — one rich but sickly, one poor and healthy — are switched at birth by a scheming beauty queen. Chaos ensues 18 years later when they meet, become friends and fall for men they are forbidden to love. Jose Luis Valenzuela directs. The show runs through July 12 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Sense and Sensibility’: When Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are tossed out of their home by a selfish half-brother, marriage prospects become bleak, and when love — or what looks like love — comes calling for the girls, they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen is directed by Hana S. Sharif. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Henry V’: Actor Daniel Jose Molina completes his immersive three-play transformation from reckless party-boy Prince Hal to the shrewd and ruthless young leader King Henry V. The new king audaciously lays claim to the French throne, courts a princess with whom he does not share a language and takes his place on history’s stage in a series of battles still commemorated in England to this day. Rosa Joshi of Seattle makes her directorial debut at OSF. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Manahatta’: Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street brings her to Manahatta (“Island of Many Hills” in Lenape), the homeland her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. OSF presents the premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s look at the tragic consequences of commercial exploits. Playwright Nagle also is a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and people, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Laurie Woolery directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Oklahoma!’: It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves ... well, everyone. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. This musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein — brims with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling. Its director, Bill Rauch, breaks new ground with same-sex lead couples and other LGBTQ+ casting that affirms the identity spectrum in an insightful celebration of love in its many forms. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Randall Theatre, Medford: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pay-what-you-want tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.

‘Jekyll & Hyde’: Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, this musical features a score of hit songs by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse. When the well-respected Henry Jekyll performs illicit medical experiments on himself, he transforms into the brutish and immoral Edward Hyde. The show made its Broadway debut in 1997 and won four Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Awards and a Theatre World Award. Livia Genise directs. Robin Downward plays the roles of Jekyll and Hyde. The show runs through May 6. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22, $17 on Thrifty Thursdays.

Theatre Convivio: Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are available at the door, at theatreconvivio.com, or by calling 541-415-0394.

‘An Inspector Calls’: Scandal, intrigue and betrayal ensue when a well-heeled merchant family receives an unexpected visit from a police inspector in the wake of its involvement in the grisly death of a working-class girl. This political drama by J.B. Priestley first premiered in 1945 in the Soviet Union. Brady Rubin directs. Theatre Convivio Artistic Director Richard Heller plays the inspector, and Bo Brazeau, Samantha Holden, Mig Windows, Connor Chaney, Forest Gilpin and McKenzie Barratta fill out the cast. The show runs through April 29. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.

Photo by Rodney Lee Robin Downward stars in the central roles of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde in Randall Theatre's production of the musical 'Jekyll & Hyde,' running through May 6 at the community theater, 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are $22, $17 on Thrifty Thursdays, and can be purchased at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Randall Theatre, Medford: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258.