Shakespeare Dark Until September 8
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Friday that the 2020 season will be delayed until September 8. “The effect on the organization’s finances has forced OSF to lay off approximately 80% of its full-time staff, artists, and seasonal workers in order to mitigate additional losses,” the theater company says on its website.
The company blamed the continued closure on the COVID-19 coronavirus, which so far has infected 548 people in Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown on March 18 ordered all venues of 250 people or more to be closed until future notice.
Beginning on September 8, the Bowmer Theatre will reopen A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Copper Children, and Peter and the Starcatcher, while the Thomas Theatre will present Bring Down the House, Parts I and II (an adaptation of Henry VI). The Tempest will open in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
Confederates, Bernhardt/Hamlet, black odyssey, Everything That Never Happened, and Poor Yella Rednecks have been cancelled, as has the 2020 Green Show.
S The season will close November 1.