Not much to report with the Shakespearean activity.
As mentioned elsewhere, the stage has been removed from Tamanend Park, thus putting an end to our activities there. I do have intentions of rebuilding the stage and pursuing outdoor production work again in the future, but if there is one thing I have learned form the four years we spent trying to develop a troupe of players... the weather can be an issue, a big issue!
I've also come to conclude that there must be a network of people with a strong dedication to making it work. I and a few others made the mistake of taking up the bulk of the slack without insisting that the burden be shared and that was simply too much.
So I have focused my energies on building my studio, repairing my equipment, and producing the project "The Gnomes of New Hope: Zach & Zebby's Grand Adventure". I see the success of this project as being able to provide the resources to do the classical work and properly develop the Shakespearean Activity in the proper environment.
As for Tamanend Park and Southampton... I believe that the community is simply not willing to offer the kind of support that makes the effort worthwhile. That might change at some point, because there was a good amount of talk about support, but the actual kind of support that makes an endeavor take hold and endure, was simply not there.
I have to admit that the proverbial "nail in the coffin" for me was the ongoing battle with vandals. I simply got tired of repairing the senseless damage that they seemed to enjoy inflicting upon the stage. I also found myself rather irritated by the dog walkers who left their dog crap all over the place and they even went so far as to leave bags of it, piles of it, behind the concession counter.
So I figured "if that's the way they want to treat this gift to the community, then they don't deserve my labor" so I stopped throwing my pearls before the swine, as he teaches in the bible.
For those of you who are still interested in doing Shakespeare, so am I. I have equipment, ability and knowledge. If you would like to produce something, we can do that, so long as we have a minimum of three producers willing to hit the bricks, raise money and pull together a team.
Feel free to communicate with me about that, but remember, my priority is The Gnomes of New Hope.