ASHLAND, Ore. — This is the last weekend of performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The theatre goes dark over the next four months as it prepares for the 2015 season.OSF is planning on renovating the bricks, which is currently a multi-functional space.
It is a loading dock, a performance venue, a lobby, a waiting area, a break room, and the festival’s general manager calls it “Ashland’s living room.” The effort to change it will begin this time next year. A donation of a half a million dollars will help fund the renovation. OSF says its priority is keeping the functionality but increasing the ease.
Ted Delong, OSF General Manager, says, “Really the big thing we hope to do is to level out the space as much as we can here on this hillside to make it more accessible for patrons who are in wheel chairs, have walking difficulty of any kind or who are wearing high heels whatever it might be.“ Another major project which should be completed by this time next year will benefit the actors.
The old production space, where the costumes, props, and sets were created has been cleared out. It will be renovated from top to bottom, and transformed into a rehearsal space, so the casts and crews from multiple shows will all be in the same building.
OSF wants your input on the future of the bricked area. There is a community meeting planned for mid-November, where people will see the first mock ups from the landscapers and contractors.