Ringing down the curtain for real on Shakespeare in High Point. Here’s the obit from the local paper there: http://www.hpe.com/news/x571857392/Final-act-Shakespeare-Festival-discontinues-operations.

Remember, Dear Readers – you need support ONLY the groups you want to survive. Forget the rest. But contribute to those you care about. Your generosity can make all the difference – and can sometimes tilt the balance between life and death. RIP NCShakes.


11/25/13 Note: Todd Cohen updates this Shakespearean saga to reflect the improving fortunes of  the struggling company: http://philnc.org/2013/11/25/the-plays-still-the-thing-at-n-c-shakespeare-festival/.


8/1/13: OK, boys and girls, let’s sing the sad refrain one more time: You need support only the arts organizations you want to keep. Forget the rest. But don’t risk relying on the state, for heaven’s sake, or on others you think might be patronizing the outfits you care about. It’s up to you. And if you fail to act – to give, to support, to volunteer, to advocate, to encourage, to tell the politicians and the foundations and the arts councils and commissions that you care, that the good works of the groups that matter to you are making a difference in your life and the lives of others – well, then we’ve lost the war – and the groups we once thought were indestructible will fade from the scene.

The latest: the NC Shakespeare Festival, aka NCShakes, 35, of High Point, passed away today. It need not have happened. There’ll be no rejoicing at the wake. And the wake will at least temporarily extend to Winston-Salem, where NC Shakes provided programming for Festival Stage. We hope the anti-art and anti-culture crowd is happy.

Details: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_e6c57892-fab4-11e2-8a94-001a4bcf6878.html


Oh, we almost forgot. They had 13 full-time and six part-time employees. Guess they’ll be eligible for unemployment compensation. Or maybe not, given the political climate here in what used to be called the State of the Arts.

Let the discussion continue.