The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1015  Saturday, 18 November 2006

From: 		Mari Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Sunday, 19 Nov 2006 08:17:57 -0500
Subject: 17.1004 Plans to Reopen Shakespeare Theater in 
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.1004 Plans to Reopen Shakespeare Theater in 
Stratford, Conn.

I'm not clear (nor do I wish to be) on the politics behind the decision 
to give the New York firm KKP the rights to reopen the Stratford CT 
theatre, but I do know (from having read letters and opinion pieces in 
the Connecticut Post) that the opponents have pointed to the contract 
language which contains zero promise to produce *Shakespeare* in the 

The leader of the Council group favoring the approved contract called 
those who supported the Burke proposal cult followers drinking the Kool-Ade.

QUOTE: Burke said the council is "setting up the theater's reopening to 
fail due to total ignorance of the facts."

Burke states in his handout that his group could provide immediate 
funding, while KKP has "admitted to having no funding," and that his 
plan includes a Theater Festival with more theaters, an academy, museum, 
library, and art gallery, while KKP, if successful, will "consider a 
smaller theater, but with no further plans."

He also contends his plan guarantees annual productions for three 
Shakespeare plays, including a Children's Theater and musical, while 
KKP's contract makes "no mention of Shakespeare in its present contract. 

Source: http://www.connpost.com/fastsearchresults/ci_4635606

Visit www.connpost.com and search for Shakespeare will bring up a list 
of stories for those interested in the feuding.  I tend to fall on the 
side of the Burke supporters but I haven't swallowed Kool-Ade in decades.

Mari Bonomi

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