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Plays: Friday, Oct. 19

Ashland Contemporary Theatre presents "Walter Cronkite is Dead," playwright Joe Calarco’s charming comedy about two women a liberal named Margaret and a conservative named Patty grounded at an airport during a storm, focuses on a difficult, revealing and frank conversation that results in mutual understanding between the political opposites at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, then 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Jeannine Grizzard directs. Presila Quinby and Elizabeth Suzanne play the roles. Tickets are $18 and 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.

Ashland New Plays Festival: See ashlandnewplays.org.

Fall Festival: Ashland New Plays Festival will continue its fall staged readings of new plays: Ian August’s “The Excavation of Mary Anning,” directed by Penny Metropulos; Nate Eppler’s “Primary User,” directed by Kyle Haden; Victor Lesniewski’s “Cold Spring,” directed by Terri McMahon; and Stephanie Alison Walker’s “The Abuelas,” directed by Ricardo Gutierrez. Discussions with the playwrights and casts will follow each performance. Performances are set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21, at the Unitarian Fellowship Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $20.

Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’: When an autistic 15-year-old sets out to solve the murder of his neighbor’s poodle, he discovers more truth than he ever imagined about his own life. Based on the book by Mark Hadden, and adapted by Simon Stephens, Madelin DeCourcy directs. The show opens Friday, Oct. 19, and runs through Nov. 4. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Preview tickets are $5. A pay-what-you-want show will be Thursday, Oct. 25. All other tickets are $15.

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.

‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead’: In dark comedic fashion, Tom Stoppard follows the musings and misadventures of two friends of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet as they unwittingly lead themselves to their own deaths by forces they are unable to comprehend. Alex Boyles and Erny Rosales star. Gwen Overland directs. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The show previews Thursday, Oct. 25, opens Friday, Oct. 26, and runs through Nov. 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for the preview; $27 to $34 for all other performances.

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.

‘Summerland’: Ghosts, strange occurrences and mysterious twists and turns fill playwright Arlitia Jones’ study of the Spiritualist movement of the late 19th century. Susan Aversa-Orrego directs. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28. The show’s final week will run Friday, Oct. 26, through Halloween, Oct. 31. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $18 for students.

Radio Days: In the style of 1940s radio programs, Geoff Ridden, Pam Ward, Keith Fuller and Daniel Sessions Stephens head up a cast to voice and create sound effects for Stephens’ adaptation of “Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles.” Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 21-22. Tickets are $10 at the door.

‘Don’t Tell Jane’: This Jane Austen vampire spoof by actor and educator William Coyne is set for readings at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Coyne’s fun-filled script begins with classic Austin characters, and moves into an eerie realm of the undead. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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.

‘The Rocky Horror Show’: This humorous musical tribute to science fiction and horror B movies with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien will be presented at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $22 or $36 for the 8 p.m. shows; $36 for the 11 p.m. shows. Dinner reservations are available only for the 8 p.m. shows; appetizers and desserts are available for the 11 p.m. shows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. shows; 10:15 p.m. for the 11 p.m. shows.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in 1904 in a Parisian cafe, just before the scientist transforms physics with his theory of relativity and the painter sets the art world on fire with cubism. Valerie Rachelle directs. Stephen Kline plays Einstein, and Stefan Espinosa plays Picasso. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and select Wednesdays; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 11. Tickets $36, with limited $22 bistro seating.

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

‘Snow in Midsummer’: When a young woman is sentenced to death, she curses her city from beyond the grave with a catastrophic drought. Three years later, the residents of the parched, locust-plagued city are forced to face a past no one wants to remember. Justin Audibert directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 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. Rosa Joshi directs. 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 of her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. 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. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘The Way the Mountain Moved’: When four men set out in the 1850s to survey a route for a new continental railroad, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans, and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers. May Adrales directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona 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. Hana S. Sharif directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.