Hazardous smoke from wildfires has cost the Oregon Shakespeare Festival about $2 million in losses so far and has prompted the festival to cancel its free, outdoor Green Show performances for the rest of the season.
The Green Show, offered on OSF’s Courtyard Stage six nights a week from June into mid-October, will end Sunday, according to an OSF press release. The festival remains open and its 10 mainstage plays, including outdoor performances, will continue into October.
Since mid-July, the majority of Green Show performances have been canceled or moved to the indoor Black Swan Theatre because of unhealthy air quality caused by smoke from wildfires burning in multiple states. Over 20 performances of the festival’s three outdoor plays also have either been canceled or moved from the 1,200-seat Allen Elizabethan Theatre to the smaller Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School.
OSF’s financial losses so far in 2018 due to wildfire smoke are estimated to be about $2 million.
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