Tuesday, July 21, 2009

lane quits: "integrity compromised"

the avalanche of skylight artists refusing to work for eric dillner now includes singer diane lane, scheduled to perform the role of cherubino in marriage of figaro.
Unlike some of my beloved colleagues, I had hoped during these last five tumultuous weeks that once the rehearsal room doors closed on Bill Theisen and his hand-picked casts next season, we could still do Good Work. Now that Bill won't be at the helm of any 50th anniversary year productions, I can't imagine your recent decisions not contaminating the rehearsal/performance process of devoted Skylight veterans.

I write to refuse SOT's offer to perform the role of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro this winter.

I've been a Skylight performer and audience member for almost 20 years. To me, the absolute hallmark of a SOT production is an astounding commitment to artistic excellence. I can't in good conscience perform for Skylight if I sense the integrity of my work for the company will be compromised (especially since it was SOT who taught me how to deeply honor the craft of realizing music/theater.)

Are any of you on the BOD compromising your integrity by allowing Skylight to lose all that it has in these last days? Please take a moment to consider where SOT has been and where it seems to be going. You know you have the ability to direct Skylight onto a path that will much better ensure its next 50 years. You know what to do -- you've been urged to do it by countless people since 6/16. DO IT.

Most Sincerely,
Diane Lane


  1. I do hope they read every word of this. And, I have a show crush on Diane.

  2. The main reason we "WERE" members of UPAF has just left the building and so have we and many others! Thanks Diane for all that you have given.

    Dan & Karen Heibler

  3. Leslie FitzwaterJuly 21, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Wonderful letter! Thank you for the cue to the BOD to act in good conscience.

  4. Well done and thank you, Diane, for taking a stand.

  5. Yeah!!! You had the guts to tell the board to do the honorable thing. I am so freaking proud of you.

  6. Just when I think I can't have anymore love and respect for the artists of this community.....
    Very well said my friend...

    (Jamie....I saw Diane looking at you... I think you should ask her to go to Skateworld on Friday.)


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