byrce lord and jon stewert both received letters today, signed by skylight board president suzanne hefty, notifying them of their dismissal. stewert had notified the skylight's managing director eric dillner earlier this week of his desire to drop out of the show due to the current circumstances at the company. the dismissal letter makes no mention of that request.
the letter from hefty:
Dear Mr. Lord,was barber director bill theisen consulted before this letter was sent? or, similar to theisen's own firing "in the dark of night," was this a dillner decision that hefty then had to carry out?
Due to your recent written statements on Facebook concerning Skylight Opera Theatre, the offer to provide services as Ambrogio in Skylight Opera Theatre's 2009-2010 production of The Barber of Seville is hereby withdrawn. Your statements violate what we consider are the obligations of artists who perform at the Skylight Opera Theatre.
and is it common practice for the president of the board of directors to send out termination letters? wouldn't that normally be the job of the managing director?
lord forwarded a copy of what he assumes are the offending comments to tuesdays. notice there is no mention of any current employee of the skylight opera theatre, nor any position on the skylight staff. the skylight itself isn't even mentioned, only it's founder, claire richardson. these people could have been talking about a bad review:
Commenter #1 firmly believes that Claire Richardson would be putting a cigar out on someone's eyeball right about now.do dillner, hefty, and the board think this firing will ingratiate them to the community? since this news broke, tuesdays has received several emails from actors, musicians and the like suggesting they will now take the same action as stewart and decline to work at the skylight.
June 16 at 10:08pm ·14 people like this.
Commenter # 2 at 10:11pm June 16
Ohhhhh ...my guess is he's been doing that for quite a few years now. Hence the lack of vision. Was that too blunt?
Bryce Lord at 10:13pm June 16
And I'd be glad to hold "someone" down for him...
dillner and hefty seem to want to go down with the ship.