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Plays usually begin in the summer, but concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus have pushed them back.

COURTESY PHOTO: BAG&BAGGAGE PRODUCTIONS - Norman Wilson and Phillip J. Berns play Benedick and Bertram in 'Much Ado About Nothing,' put on by Bag&Baggage Productions last July.Bag&Baggage Productions, a theater company based in Hillsboro, says it will start its 2020-21 theatrical season late due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bag&Baggage has scheduled five plays during a season that will run from September 2020 through May 2021. They are:

• "Svetlana! Svetlana!" by Dan Kitrosser, with showtimes Sept. 3-20.

• "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Blackmer, with showtimes Oct. 15-Nov. 1.

• "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol'" by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr., with showtimes Dec. 3-23.

• "Troy, USA" by Don Wilson Glenn and Dmae Roberts, with showtimes March 4-21.

• "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman, based on the myths of Ovid, with showtimes April 29-May 16.

The Hillsboro theater company just concluded an abbreviated run of "The Measure of Innocence." Although scheduled to run through March 22, several showtimes were canceled after Gov. Kate Brown announced limits on gatherings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While cases of COVID-19, the viral disease caused by the novel coronavirus, are generally expected to peak this spring, it is unclear how long restrictions will be in place. Experts advise that social distancing measures need to continue for at least several more weeks to keep transmission of the virus in check.

Read the Portland Tribune's story on Gov. Brown's executive order on March 23, 2020.

"We believe that telling human stories is such an important element of our society, and at the same time, we want to make sure that we're not trying to get people back inside traditional theatre spaces until it is actually safe and responsible to do so," Cassie Greer, Bag&Baggage artistic director, said in a statement Saturday, March 28.

The 2019-20 theatrical season at Bag&Baggage started in July 2019 and was set to run through May 2020.

There is a fifth play that was scheduled but has not been staged in the 2019-20 season, "Fallen Angels," which was scheduled to open April 30.

"While we're aware that we will not be able to produce this show as scheduled ... we're committed to continuing to find ways to bring you Noël Coward's 'Fallen Angels' as part of our 2019-20 season," Bag&Baggage states on its website. "Whether we reschedule for later in the summer, bring you a virtual live-streamed show experience, some combination of the two, or something else entirely, we will have our plans for moving forward finalized by Monday, April 20th."

The 2020-21 season will be the first at Bag&Baggage in which plays have been selected by Greer, who took over last year from Scott Palmer as artistic director. Palmer selected the plays for the current season.

Season tickets are now on sale on Bag&Baggage's website.

"We are so fortunate to have the support of our community and our artists throughout this time, and we are committed to emerging on the other side of this," Greer said.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misstated the end date for Bag&Baggage's December 2020 production. It is scheduled to run Dec. 3-23. The story has been corrected.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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