Oregon Shakespeare Festival May Change Theater Due To Wildfires, Smoke

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a major tourist draw in southern Oregon, is exploring changes to its famous outdoor theater after losing millions because of smoky wildfire conditions in 2017 and 2018. Tourism to the Rogue Valley dropped off, and the festival had to cancel nine performances and move 17 performances from its outdoor Elizabethan Theatre indoors to Ashland High School.

The festival suffered a $2.6 million loss in 2018, hard on the heels of a $2.8 million loss in 2017, according to the festival’s 2018 annual report.

— Oregon Public Broadcasting