New theatre, new plays, new artistic director.
In 2001 OSF welcomed its 10 millionth patron, and the Black Swan closed its doors as a performance venue on October 28. In 2002 the New Theatre opened with a performance of Macbeth. In 2003 OSF was named one of America’s top five regional theatres by Time magazine, and the OSF/Berkeley Repertory Theatre co-production of David Edgar’s world premiere two-play cycle Continental Divide was named by Time as the #1 American theatre experience for 2003. In 2007 Libby Appel retired, and Bill Rauch was named our fifth Artistic Director in 2008.
In this decade the Festival produced these World Premieres, including adaptations: 2000 - The Trojan Women, 2002 - Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 2003 - Daughters of the Revolution [Continental Divide], 2003 - Mothers Against [Continental Divide], 2003 - Lorca in a Green Dress, 2004 - Oedipus Complex, 2004 - The Visit, 2004 - Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3, 2005 - By the Waters of Babylon, 2005 - Gibraltar, 2007 - The Cherry Orchard (adaptation), 2007 - Tracy’s Tiger, 2008 - Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, 2009 - Don Quixote (adaptation), 2009 - Equivocation.