The newest venue for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is just a dream, expected to be realized for the 2002 season, but ground for it will be broken Nov. 17 in Ashland, OR.
The public is invited to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking 1 PM in the area between Carpenter Hall and New Place, on the OSF campus. Following the outdoor ceremony, a champagne reception will be held in the lobby of the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
The yet unnamed "New Theatre" will replace the Black Swan Theatre, correcting the "problems and limitations" of the space. The intimate Black Swan will be used as a rehearsal space and for other OSF programming, a spokesperson told Playbill On- Line.
"We've been talking about a new theatre building for years, and soon we will be able to move our productions out of a space that was designed for selling cars into as theatre that is worthy of the plays we do, the company that does them, and the audience that sees them," OSF artistic director Libby Appel said in a statement.
The new theatre will support a flexible audience configuration and can seat 260-350 people depending in the setup — three quarter, arena or avenue. — By Kenneth Jones