2011-05-27 / Letters

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Dear Editor,

I had the good fortune to see the last production of the Rockaway Theatre Company, “Lend Me a Tenor,“ directed by Peggy Page and presented by the RTC at Fort Tilden in Breezy Point. People who have not seen any of these productions should try to get to see some of the other ones before this season is over.

And those who have seen this excellent production or any in the past, should write to their congressman or senator to make sure the Federal Government doesn’t raise the fees they charge this group to give our community outstanding and affordable theater productions of many kinds, including dramas, comedies and musicals. It is rumored that these fees may be doubled or tripled in the future. Exorbitant fees have already killed the RMAC’s free concerts in the park and their annual fall festival, that I would so look forward to.

Over 10 years ago, the Rockaway Theatre Company discovered this abandoned, broken down, boarded up, sorry looking excuse for a building on the grounds of the park. With permission from the National Park Service (NPS), the RTC renovated it, repainted it, added lighting, a bathroom, reconfigured the stage and then found great talent willing to work their hearts out for no compensation, to present some live theater to local people who can’t afford the exorbitant fees charged by Broadway, off-Broadway, and even off-off Broadway; or even those people who were not ambulatory enough to even get to Manhattan.

And of course, as the saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished,“ so, instead of waiving fees to this excellent community institution that charges the minimum to bring some culture to our neighbors, the NPS seems to be considering raising its fees.

Let’s not let this happen.


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The productions this troop

The productions this troop puts on are first rate. I've been to many off-Broadway indy theaters, the Rockaway Theatre Company is one of the very best. For about what you'd pay for a film, you typically get to see a revival of a terrific play or musical. What is not to like, well except for the threatened shuttering of the group.

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