OSF to hold event to reopen ‘the Bricks’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is inviting the community to an “Access for All Brick Courtyard Celebration” at 5 p.m. Thursday.

There will be live music, food and beverages, face painting and other activities, culminating with a program celebrating those who have donated and raised money for the newly renovated space, and a performance by Infinite Flow — A Wheelchair Dance Company on the new Green Show Stage.

The 2017 Green Show season will commence the following evening and continue every Tuesday through Sunday through Oct. 15.

The three phases of OSF’s $5.1 million “Access for All” campaign were designed to make the OSF campus more accessible and welcoming, particularly for patrons and company members who have mobility issues. Principal donors were Joel Axelrod and Dr. Judy Yin Shih.

Phase Three of the campaign will take place in November-December, with the addition of seven wheelchair and companion seats in the Angus Bowmer Theatre to meet patron needs.

Kamilah Long, OSF’s manager of capital campaigns and leadership alliances, said the renovations and upgrades also carry out the mission of the festival.

“Improving the functionality and aesthetics of our campus is a tremendous accomplishment, and the added beauty of it is that the campaign also supports the festival’s core mission and long-term goals,” she said.

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