"David Mamet warned me that this would break my heart"

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  • Richard Nickel Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives. Art Institute of Chicago
Organic Theater founder Stuart Gordon formally gave up the fight to save the Uptown Hull House Center theater Wednesday with this letter to the signers of an online petition that had asked the city to protect it.

Sent: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 4:10 pm
Subject: Update about Uptown Hull House's historic Theatre

Dear Friends,

After fighting the good fight, I'm afraid the time has come to throw in the towel and say goodbye to the Leo Lerner Theater at the Uptown Center Hull House.

The straw that broke our back was the refusal of the Landmark Committee to even consider the building for landmark status. That left only the intervention of the city itself, and the Mayor, to save the day. But sadly they have ignored our entreaties for help, so we have no choice but to step aside and let the city zoning board grant permission to the developer to begin his work that will end the theater at 4520 N. Beacon.

I want to thank all of you who have lent your names to our cause by signing the petition. Also, a special thanks goes to Jim Jacobs, and the local face of the Consortium, Nick Rabkin and Don Liebentritt.

David Mamet warned me that this would break my heart, and he was right, it has. But I told him that nothing good can ever happen if you don't put your heart at risk. So I have no regrets.

And my sweet wife reminded me of something I used to say back in the old days: that a theater is not a building. A theater is people. The resident theater, Pegasus, will have to relocate to a new home. They will need help to lend time (volunteers, committee & board members, friends), to donate funds (a little or a lot will help them land securely in their new home), and to engage as audience as they carry on their good work.

You can reach them at these links:
To Donate: admin.ovationtix.com/trs/store/216
Website: pegasusplayers.org
Facebook: facebook.com/pegasus.players.7?fref=ts

Bless you all.

Stuart Gordon
Consortium To Save Hull House

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