The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1372  Monday, 10 July 2000.

From:           Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 8 Jul 2000 12:31:34 -0400
Subject:        Poor Yorick

Dear Members of SHAKSPER:

I would like to thank all of you for your outpouring of support and
willingness to protest to the Stratford Festival on my behalf.  If ever
there has been a highlight in this upsetting and difficult situation,
this is it.

Several of you have contacted me with reports that the Festival offers
wonderful assurances for my security should I elect to stay in my
current location, including a very generous offer to subsidize my rent
increases.  I wish I could be thrilled with what on the surface seems to
be the happy news, but frankly what I am at this point is frustrated and
confused. Yes, some time ago, my point of contact, Martine Becu, did
offer to pay the difference between my current rent and what the
landlords are now asking, but she is not empowered to negotiate on the
Festival's behalf, and the person who is, Antonini  Cimolino, quickly
rescinded her verbal offer (also verbally). I have nothing in writing
from anyone, and no assurance that (as they have in the past) the
principals involved won't say one thing today, and another thing
tomorrow. I depend on Poor Yorick for my livelihood, and given the at
best mercurial and at worst callous manner in which I have been treated
by those directly involved in the past, I have little real faith in the
improvement of our relations. Actually, I am concerned very much about
the opposite.

For the moment, because I am in process of honoring the appropriate
protocols (giving the Festival a chance to resolve the matter before I
take it further), I ask that the members of  SHAKSPER-L please avoid
contacting anyone connected with this issue  on my behalf.  Your past
efforts have been invaluable, but at the moment we need to proceed
without external distractions so we can make a clear and succinct case
to the powers who decide my fate.  If all goes as experience suggests it
will, I hope I will be able to call on all of you and your mighty pens
as soon as that support is warranted. My appreciation for all you have
done thus far knows no bounds, and I'm sure you can understand my

Sincerely yours,
Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Multimedia Catalogue

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