OSF celebrates Juneteenth

August Wilson's "Radio Golf" will be read Monday, June 24 as part of Juneteenth Celebration at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

The reading, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, is a fundraiser for Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minn. The reading will be in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

In 2012, due to an income shortfall, Penumbra Theatre Company, one of the largest African-American theater companies in the United States, suspended its fall programming. In addition, its 2013 budget was reduced by $800,000, and the theater cut six full-time staff positions. The theater was able to reopen its doors in 2013 after the suspension in part because of a national fundraising effort.

Admission to the OSF reading is by donation. Seats may be reserved for $15 by calling the Box Office at 541-482-4331 or going online at www.osfashland.org. Checks should be made out to Penumbra Theatre Company. No cash or credit cards will be accepted.

OSF's Juneteenth Celebration, a free event, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the Courtyard Stage. A performance will showcase the lives of pioneering black women.

OSF first celebrated Juneteenth 15 years ago. It commemorates the announcement by Union troops in Texas on June 19, 1865, of the abolition of slavery, 21/2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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