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Letter to the Editor: Honoring TAP’s Past, Present, Future

I would like to respond to both letters to the editor (Aug. 31 and Sept. 14) written concerning my Culture Club article on Aug. 25.

The purpose of the article was to give an overview of the work James Valcq and I have done since arriving at TAP in the fall of 2011. Any mention of the past was made in order to put in perspective the state of the organization then and now. It did not call into question the quality of any performance on TAP’s stage prior to our arrival as implied in the second letter.

And I most certainly have no interest or desire in “erasing TAP’s past.” We simply took a cold, sober look at the state of the organization when we arrived and moved on from there based on our collective experience of more than 50 years working on and off Broadway and in professional theatres large and small all over this country.

There is no doubt that the work of former TAP Executive Director Judy Drew was crucial in the survival of TAP during her years of leadership. Without her diligence and devotion it is doubtful TAP would still be in existence.

By building upon her work, we have been able to make necessary changes in the manner in which the theatre now operates, but always with the ultimate goal of serving and embracing our community.

It is an honor to work at the Third Avenue Playhouse and I salute everyone who came before, those are with us now, and all who will be there in the future.

 

Bob Boles, co-artistic director, Third Avenue Playhouse

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

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