Unlock the Shakespeare Theatre and Complete Repairs of the White House

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Agnes Finegan
9 years ago
I saw Shakespeare here as a kid and while Shakespeare my have to be mixed with more " profitable" productions, The Bard is timeless. The Westport Country Play or the Fairfield Theater seemto be doing well.

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Cynthia Skillings
10 years ago
The American Shakepeare Theatre is a replica of the Globe Shakespeare Theatre Upon the Avon in England. When the American Shakepeare Theatre was open, it was a testament to the fact that literacy and Culture was alive in this country. It needs to be reopened. It is the only theatre of its kind in the United States.

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Margaret Murolo
10 years ago
Do it for Quinn

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Darko Tresnjak
10 years ago
I have directed productions of Shakespeare plays at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. And I would love to see Shakespeare back on stage in Stratford, Connecticut. "Essential Shakespeare Handbook," a popular reference guide, is filled with production photos from your theatre's glorious past. And there IS an audience for Shakespeare in Connecticut. I know, having just directed my first Shakespeare production at Hartford Stage - people seemed to come from all over the state.

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Nancy Zellner
10 years ago
I loved going to the Shakespeare Theatre! I saw many plays and concerts there. Many, many famous people were in the plays. It was a true Connecticut treasure. I was heartbroken when it closed.

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Chad Hunter
10 years ago
Theatre is important! It is clear to me, as it should be to everyone else, that having this theatre closed is doing a disservice to the theatre community (both artists and audiences alike) as well as to the Town of Stratford itself. I strenuously object to the closing of this facility and urge those in elected office to do what is best for the town as a whole as well as her citizens, since that's what politicians are supposed to do. The Stratford Shakespeare Theatre can be the theatrical envy of our region. Do not be shortsighted by failing to realize that. Do the right thing. Thank you for your time. ~Chad Hunter (actor/vocalist)

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John Jr Bigley
10 years ago
These buildings have stood vacant and dormant long enough. If the town will not do this, Let the local town folks gather and put the effort and strategy together to finally get these structures repaired and returned to the public for their intended purposes. They are icons and to just sit there and rot away is shameful. Of course there is liability Mr Major. But you of all people in the appraisal biz as I was for so many years can't possibly sit there and do nothing having the knowledge and appreciation of historical structures and their detailed beauty that you just do not find in building projects today. The white house in particular exudes (to show a lot of character) this so well. There is a benefit of tax revenue if there is activity at the site which could offset some the cost of a liability policy in the long run. But this is Stratford's biggest attraction of the arts and now more then ever we need to get the next generation as much as we can in tune to to the importance of arts as we are going to lose these kids to the internet and the lack of direct speaking interaction among them. We have volunteers to clean beaches and build train museums (which I participated over a decade ago and enjoyed the camaraderie at Booth Park) Then let the volunteers do what they have to do to bring back the shows and grounds for the enjoyment of not only Stratford but the surrounding communities locally. Remember The original Stratford encompassed Shelton Monroe Bridgeport Fairfield and Parts Of Westport. There are way of advertising a project (even in these difficult times) to share the cost of this wonderful project. Shakespeare was baptised 26 April 1564 and died 23 April 1616. Stratford (The original) was incorporated in 1609 and included those towns mentioned earlier known back then as parishes. Nichols, Stepney, Huntington Etc.) At his death in 1616 in Stratford England, 7 years after Stratford, Ct. incorporated. These areas were indeed Stratford, Ct. before the parishes separated in later decades. I propose to you Major that we as citizens contact these communities and ask to help be part of the original Stratford as was in 1609 and 1616 at the time of his death. Can you imagine what a celebration in 2016 in late April (23) the 400th anniversary of his death would do for this town and surrounding communities knowing they participated in this restoration of these 2 buildings and the plays being performed during this 400th year since leaving us with all the literary richness so many generations have enjoyed. Lastly Mr Major. I (as you know) am profoundly hard of hearing. Late last year I was given a gift of 2 wonderful digital hearing aide to which music has made everything so much brighter. Nothing would give me greater pleasure to be able to sit in the front row of a plays like Macbeth or my favorite The Tempest on April 23, 2016 after wholeheartedly volunteering my time to this project. John this is not in any way directed toward you personally. This is a majority (people) Project and if properly handled, (By both Governmental and Community participation) Stratford will be the talk of the nation when the 400th anniversary approaches. Invest now John with liability coverage, It will pay for itself many times over and the sense of goodness and pride will get this town smiling again. John F Bigley Jr.

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Maureen Boozang-Hill
10 years ago
I practically grew up at this theater. They gave me my first job, and my first chance to see excellent theater. I was by there a few months ago and the work that was done was beautiful!

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Sandra Adamchuk
10 years ago
Shakespeare Theatre events and programs were an important part of my youth. The history and enjoyment should continue.

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caprice shaw
10 years ago
to support the restoration efforts of the FORStratford.org and to preserve an important part of our State's History.