ASHLAND, Ore. — “To be or not to be” is out of the question for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The organization plans to be on stage this fall and next year — with your support.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett is sharing comments recorded at home for the world’s largest stage: the internet. OSF is now online with a $5 million fundraising campaign in response to coronavirus impacts this year.
“We still have big dreams for the future because that’s what theater does best," said Garrett. "We look beyond the current moment to see what’s possible.”
OSF had just started its 2020 season last month when state orders restricting crowds and closing theaters forced temporary closure of the Festival’s planned performances along with layoffs of 400 artists and staff.
Garrett reminds patrons and donors that OSF launched during the Great Depression and overcame adversities of war, wildfire and an earlier pandemic — AIDS. She invites donors of any amount to support Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ashland community at large.
“Your donation will support OSF’s continued leadership in the American theater industry," said Garrett, "and also it will help us support Ashland . . . as we are a major economic driver in this region, but specifically in this town.”
Right now, OSF plans to return with a truncated 2020 season beginning on September 8, featuring just six of the productions originally scheduled for this year.