For years – many, many years – OSF has made do with a collection of smaller spaces scattered around downtown Ashland for all the festival’s set and costume needs. But with the completion of an all new 71,000 square foot, state of the art, as of yet unnamed production building in next door Talent, Oregon, America’s largest repertory theatre has just taken a huge step forward in its capabilities. Everything about the new building, which will fully come into its own during the 2015 season, is better. It’s big enough to drive a golf ball in – and come nowhere near close to hitting the wall (unless you’re really good). There is no other theatre building like this in the US.
Watching Jim Clark, the manager of the place, give a tour, it’s pretty much a kid in a candy shop situation. Clark can barely contain his glee/disbelief that they now have this monster “red barn”. It’s about as good as it gets.