Dillner must go
Yesterday we (and others) published a list of those leaving the Skylight Opera in the wake of the current mess Eric Dillner and the Executive Committee have made of this once-vibrant cultural gem. But overnight the exodus continued. In fact, you’d about have to part the Red Sea to make it any more dramatic.
This has gone beyond the pale, and there’s only one possible solution (though it may be too late even now):
Mr. Dillner, you’ve got to go.
Don’t just resign, leave town. I doubt you’d be welcome back in Shreveport (the unexplained $30,000 transferred from a frozen account into the operating budget under your watch would be just one potential reason), but maybe there’s a community theater in the UP that would give you room and board if you ran the season out of the church basement and taught drama at the local high school to earn your keep.
No one person is worth the loss of so many. And it’s not about the money anymore, it’s about the process. It’s possible that “den moms” Carol and Amy Jenson summed it up best in a letter posted this mornig on Jonathan West’s blog:
In a meeting just last week with Mr. Dillner and Ms. Hefty, Amy tried to … explain what it is that makes the Skylight so special. Mr. Dillner nodded reassuringly and said that it is the building that draws everyone together and that the “process” is still the same. Mr Dillner, it is neither the building nor the process that makes the Skylight special. It is the people. It was a wonderful family that came together in ways both great and small – onstage, offstage and in the audience – to passionately and collaboratively create, support and sustain the magic. Above all other responsibilities you may have, Mr. Dillner, it was your job to nuture that.
There may be a place for your approach, Mr. Dillner, a place that embraces your psuedo-businessman style. But it’s not here. You had your chance and you blew it. Begone!
- Bill Theisen – director of The Barber of Seville, Plaid Tidings, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Long and Short of It
- Richard Carsey – music director of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Pam Kriger – music director of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Van Santvoord – set design of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro
- Leslie Fitzwater – doing a free cabaret after a show
- James Valcq – doing a free cabaret after a show
- Jennifer Clark – playing Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro
- Alicia Berneche – playing Susanah in The Marriage of Figaro
- Ray Jivoff – playing Harpo in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Molly Rhode – actor, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Chase Stoeger – actor, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Diane Lane – playing Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro
- Tommy Lueck – member, Skylight Education Advisory Board
- Carol Greif Schuele – actor, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
- Nathan Wesselowski – playing Fiorello in The Barber of Seville
- Colin and Paula Cabot – longtime Skylight performers and supporters
- Rick Rasmussen – Set and costume designer
- Kurt Ollman – playing The Count in The Barber of Seville
- Carol and Amy Jensen – Skylight donors, supporters, and “den mothers”
- Jon Stewart
- Bryce Lord
- Jamie Johns
- Diana Alioto
- Becky Spice
- Robert Beal and two other staffers were among the early departed
Tony Clements at Tuesdays Blog is doing a great job of keeping up. Tell us if we’ve missed anyone and leave your comments below, especially if you have thoughts on how the Skylight could be saved at this point.