Quickly overcoming adversity at the Highland Bowl

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myself with the Players and Crew [photo provided by Kathy Dauer]

• July 1, 2015

alls-welOnly a few hours after yet another successful opening night of Shakespeare in the Bowl, every theater lover in Rochester had their hearts broken.

That morning we awoke to the infuriatingly senseless news of vandalism done to the stage set of Henry IV in the Highland Bowl on South Avenue. But hearts and sets can be mended.

As explained to me by Patrick White, Producer and Chairman of the Shakespeare Players of Rochester:

We are moved at the show of support from the community through social media.  Our post on Facebook received over 7000 views and kind comments flooded our page.  A dozen or so neighbors and Shakespeare fans showed up Sunday morning to lend a hand.  One of our longtime supporters even wrote a check.  In just five hours the set was rebuilt. If not for the rain the night before, I have no doubt we could have performed that night.

Most importantly, as Patrick and everyone said, best show your love by showing up. Bring chairs and blankets. Bring your eyes and your ears and your imagination.

All’s Well That Ends Well.

To watch the QUICK rebuild, see:

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