Ashland insider’s guide: Cost-saving Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets and free events

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People who only think of going to the theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are missing out. The name makes it clear: This is a festival and over nine months, there are revealing backstage tours. insightful presentations about plots before the curtains rise and intimate discussions with actors after matinees.

During summer and fall, there are also free Green Show performances staged in OSF’ Bricks courtyard in front of the two largest theaters.

And just like at any festival, people gather to talk to fellow fans about what brought them here.

OSF’s top ticket prices of $120 are out of reach to many theater supporters, but adults can plan ahead and buy the lowest priced C seats for $40 throughout the season (Feb. 28–Nov. 1) or jump into discounts offered closer to the performance date.

Tickets for children 6-17 are always about half off in all seating sections of the Angus Bowmer, Thomas and outdoor Allen Elizabethan theaters.

Tickets in the A+, A, B and C sections are less for OSF members who join for $35 a year or more. Members also have no-cost refund and exchange privileges, and are invited to special events and into the Gertrude Bowmer Members’ Lounge.

Ashland insider's guide

Free summer and fall Green Show performances take place in the Bricks courtyard fronting Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor and main theaters. This photo of the Urban Jazz Dance Company was taken by Bob Palermini.

Here are other ways to buy higher-priced OSF tickets at a discount:

5 tickets for $200: A Flex Pass, sold Jan. 29-March 31 at the box office, can be redeemed for seats offered on designated days in the A+, A, B and C sections. The pass can be used for a single seat at five performances throughout the 2020 season or for individuals attending the same performance. Visit the box office at 15 S. Pioneer St. or call 800-219-8161 (can not be purchased online at osfashland.org).

Rush tickets: Text OSFRUSH to 41411 to get the daily list of rush shows in which $40 tickets ($15 for students) are sold at the box office an hour before curtain (OSF members can call 800-219-8161 at 11 a.m. to book rush tickets).

Family Days: Seats are $30 and include a prologue event for a 6- to 17-year old accompanied by family and friends. Performances are listed at osfashland.org/en/plan-your-visit/visitor-info/family-days.aspx.

Web specials: Limited-time discounts for performances are announced on Thursdays throughout the season on the Web Specials page or via email if you register and opt-in to receive information about Ticket Specials.

U.S military, National Guard members, veterans of the armed services, Red Card personnel (firefighters) and their immediate families receive a 15% discount at the Box Office on available tickets.

Oregon Trail, CalFresh or other SNAP card-holders can buy $5 tickets at OSF Connects-eligible shows. The list of shows is updated at osfashland.org/en/osf-connects.aspx on Mondays.

AAA members can receive 10% off up to two adult-price tickets per season to Sunday through Thursday performances.

Ashland insider's guide

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–Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman

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