Oregon Shakespeare Festival announces season losses

By Steve Best Tue 8th November News
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Tue 8th November

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival says a cracked beam in one of their theaters played a significant part in a drop in attendance and revenues this season. Steve Best has details…

Festival officials are calling this season – which ended Sunday – the most challenging ever, after a 70-foot-long support beam in the Angus Bowmer Theater cracked on June 18th.

With help from the community, OSF was able to stage plays in alternate venues, and erected a temporary tent theater in Lithia Park.

But despite this, the festival lost $1 million in revenue from ticket returns, repairing the beam cost over $300,000, and the cost of staging plays in the tent and other venues reached $800,000.

In total, OSF’s theaters were at 86% capacity for the season, down from 94% the year before. OSF Executive Director Paul Nicholson said the Bowmer beam catastrophe was undoubtedly the biggest crisis the festival has ever faced.

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