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Oregon Shakespeare Festival May Change Theater Due to Fires

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a major tourist draw in southern Oregon, is exploring changes to its famous outdoor theater after losing millions due to smoky wildfire conditions in 2017 and 2018.

The Daily Tidings reported Tuesday that the annual summer theater festival uses Ashland High School’s indoor theater when smoke shuts down its outdoor 1,190-seat outdoor venue.

But the world-famous festival is looking for a long-term solution to volatile air quality as wildfires have forced it to shut down productions two years in a row.

The festival lost $5.4 million during 2017 and 2018 seasons plagued by wildfires.

Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings,

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