Dear Mr. Dillner and Skylight Board of Directors:
As a married couple, we were excited to be issued contracts for A Day In Hollywood for the Skylight’s 50th season. We were thrilled to be included in such a special season and eager to work again with so many colleagues we respect. It is very surprising now to be sitting here together composing this letter to you. We find ourselves unable to sign our contracts. We both feel sick at heart, but we cannot bring ourselves to work for the Skylight under its current leadership.
We are newlyweds. We met while performing in the Skylight's 2004 production of Cabaret. We were proud to appear together again in The Producers right after our engagement. We even considered the Skylight as the venue for our wedding this past spring. Richard Carsey became an ordained Reverend in order to marry us. Many long-time Skylight employees were present at our ceremony. The Skylight, you see, has played a substantial role in the development of our relationship. The Skylight, until now, was much more than an employer. The Skylight was family.
We are shocked and hurt by the disrespect this management has shown its artists and other stakeholders. Financially, this is a difficult decision for us. Our primary income comes from performing, and we both turned down other prospects of work in favor of being at the Skylight next spring; however, the goodwill of the community has been taken for granted and squandered by the current management. Their decision-making thus far has inspired no confidence. This management’s sole achievement has been to push all of Skylight’s greatest supporters away. Thus, regardless of our need for the work, we simply cannot in good conscience take part in the upcoming season.
We will continue to hope that something be done to mend this deep, deep wound.
With great regret,
Molly Rhode and Chase Stoeger
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
rhode/stoeger quit: "sick at heart"
actors molly rhode and chase stoeger will not sign contracts for skylight's 50th anniversary season, making them the 11th and 12th artists refusing to work with current management.
posted at 2:30 PM