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'The Bricks' At Oregon Shakespeare Festival Gets Facelift, More Seating

The brick courtyard where Green Shows are held at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is being expanded.

The brick courtyard where Green Shows are held at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is being expanded.

Denise Baratta/Mail Tribune

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s wildly successful Green Show — staged outdoors on “The Bricks” before evening shows — has outgrown its modest space, which is in the process of a $5 million expansion that will give it five times the ledge seating it has now.

Work on the remodel requires fencing off Pioneer Street between East Main and Hargadine during business hours, as well as the center of the OSF “campus” between its three main theaters. Access to Angus Bowmer Theatre will be restored when the indoor season opens Feb. 17, says festival General Manager Ted DeLong. It will be completely done in late spring, with access to the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theater and the Green Show stage.

The project, carried out by Adroit Construction, will make the grassy area slightly larger and steeper to improve sight lines to the stage. New ledges will be sprinkled around the area in an attractive and useful fashion. It will have new spaces for handicapped seating and wheelchairs, part of OSF’s multi-year “Access for All” campaign.

Students from Southern Oregon University’s Center for Sustainability will be “harvesting” old bricks from the project Saturday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 19. The bricks be used for pathways and other projects at The Farm at SOU on Walker Street.

To read more, visit the Medford Mail Tribune.

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