Theater: Only 2,500 Miles From Broadway

Oregon's Shakespearean Festival is a giant hidden treasure

What is America's biggest regional repertory company, employing as many as 63 actors to mount a dozen productions for a total of 676 performances a year? What company features three spaces ranging from a stripped-down, experimental "black box" and a handsome conventional auditorium to a 1,173-seat outdoor Elizabethan playhouse, closely modeled on the Fortune Theater built in London in 1600? What company annually attracts more than 300,000 playgoers, 90% of them from more than 150 miles away? What company won a 1983 Tony Award and drew the American Theater Critics Association convention to view its 50th anniversary season in 1985?

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