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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Will Begin “Bowmer in the Park Performances” July 7

Jacob Coakley • Theatre Buzz • July 1, 2011
With the Angus Bowmer Theatre closed for repairs, Oregon Shakespeare Fest will begin productions in the “Bowmer in the Park” series July 7.

With the Angus Bowmer Theatre closed for repairs, Oregon Shakespeare Fest will begin productions in the Bowmer in the Park series July 7.

On July 7 Oregon Shakespeare Festival will start productions of their “Bowmer in the Park” series. While the damage to the beam in the Angus Bowmer Theatre is being repaired, performances of Measure for Measure, The Imaginary Invalid, August: Osage County, and The African Company Presents Richard III will be staged in a tent in adjacent Lithia Park. Noel Lesley Event Services and the Los Angeles-based Eggs ‘n Bacon have helped OSF with the semi-permanent setup. In the statement below OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch reassures patrons of the quality of the experience: “The essence of the original Angus Bowmer Theatre productions will remain for these ‘Bowmer in the Park’ versions. In addition to costumes, props, lighting and sound, our Associate Artistic Director Christopher Acebo has designed a wonderfully flexible unit set that will accommodate all four productions that will be staged.”

OSF OPENS “BOWMER IN THE PARK” ON JULY 7

Angus Bowmer Theatre productions will play in repertory in temporary venue in Lithia Park; tickets will go on sale July 6

Ashland, Ore.—The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open the new temporary venue, “Bowmer in the Park,” on Thursday, July 7. August: Osage County will be the inaugural production to open in the tent at 1:30 p.m. and Measure for Measure will play at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for “Bowmer in the Park” will go on sale July 6 and will be available by phone, in person at the Box Office and on the website at 9:30 am.

Four productions, Measure for Measure, The Imaginary Invalid, August: Osage County, and The African Company Presents Richard III (previews begin July 20) will be staged in repertory at “Bowmer in the Park” while the damaged supporting beam in the Angus Bowmer Theatre continues to undergo repairs.

Those patrons already holding tickets for Angus Bowmer Theatre shows July 7-10 must return their tickets to the OSF Box Office beginning July 6 and will be issued “Bowmer in the Park” tickets. The Box Office will contact ticket holders of shows taking place after July 10 with further instructions.

Executive Director, Paul Nicholson, commented today, “With the first performance in “Bowmer in the Park” the Festival takes another step toward making this the season we will all remember. We are incredibly appreciative of the efforts of literally hundreds of people who have collaborated smoothly to bring this to fruition. We have been lucky to have the fine support of our local Noel Lesley Event Services and the Los Angeles-based Eggs ‘n Bacon.  The Ashland Parks staff and the Ashland Police Department have been absolutely supportive and the City staff and Council have worked with us hand-in-glove. We especially appreciate the understanding of our neighbors.  This is one of those rare moments where an entire community has come together.  We could not be more gratified.”

OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch said, “The essence of the original Angus Bowmer Theatre productions will remain for these “Bowmer in the Park” versions. In addition to costumes, props, lighting and sound, our Associate Artistic Director Christopher Acebo has designed a wonderfully flexible unit set that will accommodate all four productions that will be staged.”

Here’s the current information about our “Bowmer in the Park” performances:
Seating is reserved and tickets will be sold at regular OSF ticket prices.
The seating configuration in the “Bowmer in the Park” tent will not exactly match the Angus Bowmer Theatre seating configuration, and OSF is in the process re-seating ticket holders for performances through July 10 in the new location as close as possible to original seating.
Patrons with tickets July 7-10 will need to stop by the OSF Box Office on or after July 6 at 9:30 am to exchange their original Angus Bowmer Theatre tickets for new “Bowmer in the Park” tickets. The Box Office will contact ticket holders for performances after July 10 with further information.
Bring a seat cushion. The seats in the tent are similar to the Elizabethan Theatre seats.
The tent is extremely close to the Festival grounds, just below the Elizabethan Theatre and next to the lower duck pond in Lithia Park. You can still see the Green Show or have a leisurely meal downtown beforehand.
Parking: Patrons driving to the show are strongly encouraged to use the garage behind the New Theatre, the lot at the corner of Pioneer Street and Lithia Way, or street parking. Parking along Winburn Way adjacent to the park is expected to be very congested and is not advisable. Please visit our website for a map.
The performance tent is air-conditioned. It is possible that it will be cool in the evenings; additional clothing layers are recommended.
There will be concessions service as well as added bathroom facilities. Because of a park ordinance no alcohol will be served.
Restroom facilities: the Park has limited restrooms, but OSF will provide additional facilities with pump stations for handwashing.

Because of the uncertainty around the re-opening date of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, those patrons purchasing tickets for a Bowmer theatre production through the end of August will be seated with “Best Available” seating in the price zone of choice a week before the performance.

For more information about tickets, please visit www.osfashland.org

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