New Home for Square One
Tom Holehan, artistic director, and Richard Pheneger, general manager of the 26 year-old Square One Theatre Company, announce that the theatre's new location will be at Stratford Academy at Johnson House, an arts magnet school located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Connecticut, just over a mile beyond the theater’s former location. Stratford Academy offers patrons plenty of FREE parking.
Holehan and Pheneger are greatly indebted to Stratford Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson, Stratford Academy principal Maureen Didomenico and Head Custodian Frank Kalakay for their invaluable assistance in providing this new space to the theatre, which after 25 years had to vacate its Main Street theatre following the end of last season.
According to Dr. Janet Robinson “It is only fitting that the Stratford School District that values arts education would partner with a theatre group. We are only happy to share our facility to host Square One Theatre and assist them in bringing great performances to the community.”
We're Still Here
By Geary Danihy
Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all
And, my dear, I’m still here
Plush velvet sometimes
Sometimes just pretzels and beer, but I’m here
Those are the opening lines of “I’m Still Here” from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. The show is about a group of actors reuniting in a Broadway theater that’s scheduled for demolition, but it could easily have been written about the Hallinan family and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. Through good times and bad, triumphs and trials, fanfares and flops, the DCT has managed to survive and is, hopefully, about to enjoy a renaissance under the leadership of Hugh Hallinan, the venue’s executive producer.
Located at 263 Golden Hill Street, just steps up from the Bridgeport police department, the theater has been “tempest tossed’ several times, and lesser folks might have allowed the vessel to capsize and sink beneath the waters, but the Hallinans are theater-folk, and as another song suggests, “There’s no people like show people.”
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CT Arts Connection
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