Thanks Ed Asner, Mayor and Town of Stratford

To the Editor:

“Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot. But he’ll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day.” Henry V

It’s time to extend an overdue thanks and gratitude to all who were involved in making the Ed Asner Fundraiser for the American Shakespeare Theater such a success here in Stratford. With the great efforts of our wonderful volunteers, it was indeed an unforgettable event for all who attended. People are beginning to feel excited about the Shakespeare Theater again, which is largely due to the many people throughout Stratford and beyond who view the theater as a cultural treasure that needs to be brought back for all the people to enjoy.

It is truly a heartwarming feeling knowing that there are so many volunteers that are willing to dedicate their time for the theater. A true community effort. Not to mention the great boost we got from the Town of Stratford, as the Mayor and his staff helped facilitate and attend all of the scheduled events from morning to night. A big day indeed!

Last but not least,  a debt of gratitude goes out to the man himself, Ed Asner. Not knowing what to expect upon his arrival to Stratford, it didn’t take long to realize what a great and generous man he is. Spending a couple of days here in Stratford, he tirelessly campaigned for the cause of the theater. He is a true champion for the town and the theater that meant so much to him so long ago.

The man showed so much courage, and passion, as he managed to get himself back up on that sacred stage after 54 years, and then pleading that America needs this theater as part of it’s heritage.

Well, we hear you Ed. We hear you loud and clear. Stratford and the whole theater world thanks you for your guts and courage to help us in our fight to save the theater.

Ed Goodrich

Stratford Arts Commission

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