Secretly Changing Theatre Locks Not Normal or Professional: Letter

In a letter to the editor, Stratford resident Carol Lockshier shares some talks she said she's been having with her legal friends regarding the recent lockout at Shakespeare Theatre.

By Carol Lockshier

I read about where the Mayor's office had the locks and the alarm system code changed ...evidently in the middle of the night without giving notice to volunteers or workers.

I decided to discuss this with some of my legal profession friends.

They were very surprised at this behavior. It did not seem like a professional or respectful way to deal with any concerns the Mayor had about the theater, be it health or any other issue. 

The professionals I spoke with concurred that this not only was not a professional way to handle any concerns that the Mayor had but they wondered if there was something else behind this behavior.

Could it be that the Mayor was angry about something else...and this was retaliation? I could not answer this. 

I understand that Mr. Catalano who has done an outstanding job coordinating the proposed reopening of the theater was surprised by the Mayor's actions.

It was unanimous that the normal and professional way to handle this would have been for the Mayor to discuss any concerns with Mr. Catalano first instead of secretly changing the locks...why didn't this happen? I had no answer. 

My attorney friends could not understand why the Mayor would not take Mr. Catalano's passion for the Theater as an opportunity to make Stratford a place where the Theater would bring in revenue for the town and its businesses. 

It was something they wondered about because the Mayors in their towns had interest in keeping the Historic heritage of their towns intact and were very successful with profit.....  I had no answer.

To submit a letter to the editor email jason.bagley@patch.com.

vip April 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Sell the site.. build condos there ...not worth our taxes anymore
steven chandler April 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Why sell the site? Our taxes aren't going to be reduced. The town has let so many beautiful sites become eyesores,yet our taxes keep going up. The town bought Pirhalas farm on Connors Lane some years ago and the land is sitting,overgrown and useless. Yet the high school kids have to park on neighboring streets, even though the land is adjacent to the school. What a waste. Stratford is too busy looking for ways to raise our taxes but doesn't keep up the landmarks here, heck, Stratford doesn't even clean the sand and dirt off roads anymore after the winter. People can't afford to stay here because the taxes are so ridiculously HIGH. And what do we get? Schools that cut afterschool and sports programs. Middle schools with NO sports programs. Yet we NEEDED to put air conditioning in the town hall and the offices of the schools. The kids in the 95 degree classrooms don't have A/C, but the administrators and secretaries do. Give me a break. This town doesn't care about kids, they care about overpaid, lazy, RUDE town employees.
CuriousOrange April 15, 2012 at 01:04 PM
.Thank you, 'vip!' Stratford is really 'East Bridgeport.' Acknowledge reality, change the signs and then you can fight over which developer gets to build condos on the theater grounds.
G townsend April 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The town cannot accept liability of the health concerns of anybody entering the building. The proper Depts such as Health,Building and Fire prevention have to issue a occupation certificate. For once they are trying to lower the attny cost in litigation protecting residence.The building needs to much work ( 30 Mil) to bring it up to operating condition.A clam shell bandstand w/restrooms would be suffice.The condition of the Town is in direct loss of 10%-15% of public works employees such as 1 Street sweepers 2 Parks maintainers , 1Carpenter Etc but the town hall Dept heads all get raises as the conditions deteriorate .
native son April 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
hey VIP, you say sell the site to developers . The site is worth peanuts to what the properly managed Shakespeare/ Theater site is. Just because the old support model collapsed , and no ingenuity took its place - you recommend giving it away to the purveyors of crap. Its time to stand up and be counted. Do you want to live out your days blankly gazing at adverts for prescription drugs on TV, or do you want to fadeaway grinning you give it your best shot ?? Bring back the Theater and the Glory ! Chuck the cheap buck merchants in the river ....
George E. Mulligan April 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
vip or dip? Another anonymous, pro corruption post? - The Shakespeare Theater is a BRAND which can be an economic engine, cultural asset, tourist draw, and revenue source for TAX RELIEF. - The US might be better off if the OLD MAFIA was in charge instead of the people who use the Lawyers and Rank Military/Public/Private Sectors, analygous to Royal courtiers. - I agree with Native son & Steven Chandler . CuriousOrange is partially correct, in that Stratford / Bridgeport are run by the same crews. . G Townsend is correct about the political realities and priorities. However, the problem isn't the Theater but the politics.
just a town member April 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
the theater would beeen up and making money but our town elders want to know whats in it them ?
Sudds April 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
four word... "Yale University Shakespearean Theater"!!!
George E. Mulligan April 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Touring productions like Yale can play at Shakespeare Theater, which does not have facilities for production. (sudds) Where's mine does seem to be Stratford's political motto (town member)
Baseball Mom April 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I agree if it ever gets done it will be a great source of revenue for the local businesses including hotels. I know some people bought the houses on Elm Street with hopes of making them Bed and Breakfasts. It is part of our history and should be resotred. There are only 2 others in the world and ours is the only one stuck in red tape and ego trips.
Jason Bagley (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
NEW ARTICLE POSTED MONDAY: "Million Dollar Options on Table for Shakespeare Theatre" http://patch.com/A-s24z


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