Bulletin for anybody with tickets to see Shakespeare in Ashland, Ore., this week: Check to see if your show is still on.
Just got back Tuesday night from a quick vacation to Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the headline news is that smoke from wildfires in the region has canceled more than one performance in the outdoor Elizabethan Theater this week.
We saw scary billows of smoke from an obvious forest fire as we drove southward on Interstate 5 last Saturday near Grants Pass, and smoke filled the valley around Medford and Grants Pass as we departed earlier this week. But it didn’t get really bad in Ashland until Tuesday, forcing cancellation of outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” on Tuesday, and a staging of “The Heart of Robin Hood” on Wednesday.
The Shakespeare Festival’s website Thursday indicated that a decision will be made at 7 p.m. as to whether to put on the 8 p.m. Thursday show of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Get updates here.) Air quality has been extremely unhealthy in the entire Rogue Valley, according to a statement on the website.
The Green Show, free pre-theater performances usually staged in a courtyard outside the Elizabethan Theater, has been moved indoors to the nearby Carpenters Hall pending improvements in air quality. The Angus Bowmer Theatre and Thomas Theatre continue indoor performances as scheduled.