Oregon Shakespeare Festival to open tent theater

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is opening productions at its temporary tent theater in Lithia Park in Ashland next week while repairs continue on the indoor Bowmer Theatre.

The temporary venue will open Thursday and is being called "Bowmer in the Park."

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the tent will have 598 stadium-style seats and crews are hauling in production equipment to prepare.

The Bowmer Theatre was closed for repair after festival staff discovered a cracked main support beam on June 18.

Festival officials say the Bowmer in the Park temporary outdoor tent theater will use virtually the same production sets for its plays that would have been used in the indoor theater.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com