The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1741  Friday, 5 September 2003

From:           Geralyn Horton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 4 Sep 2003 12:31:15 -0400
Subject: 14.1735 Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1735 Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox

This shocking item appeared in this morning's Boston Globe at the top of
a gossip column  ( had it been further down, I would surely have missed

EXIT STAGE RIGHT Shakespeare & Company laying off Jonathan Epstein isn't
quite like the New England Patriots cutting Lawyer Milloy. Still,
Epstein, one of seven people laid off by the Lenox company recently
because of a $246,000 budget shortfall, won rave reviews for his
portrayals of King Lear and Shylock, among other roles. Dan McCleary,
another of the company's actors and also its marketing director, said
that Epstein, Michael Hammond, and others who were laid off will still
be back next season as actors and directors -- at least, if they want to
be -- but the company needed to save the money from their management
salaries, particularly between now and April when the fiscal year ends.

I will do some more research into the matter, but it has always seemed
to me that the glory of S&C was based on the ensemble principle.   Core
actors could NOT be laid off because they were part of the management
responsible for both artistic and business decisions:  consequently,
they were both free to stretch and constrained by mutual loyalty.  This
sounds to me like the King's Men laying off Burbage.

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