Enjoy performances paying tribute to the legacy of the theatre and participate in the conversation about the theatre’s future. Performers include Playmakers Repertory Company, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and more! The Frederick Henry Koch Memorial Forest Theatre was spearheaded by its namesake in collaboration with William C. Coker, botany professor and chair of the grounds and buildings committee. Koch was at the forefront of the community and outdoor theater movements. In 1943, the theater was named in his honor. The Garden began managing the Forest Theatre in 2004, and made some enhancements in 2012, but there are many more improvements necessary to allow Koch’s vision to flourish, including addressing drainage issues, repairing the lighting towers and other structures, and improving lighting and sound infrastructure.
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