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Monday, October 26, 2020

Letters

Save Our Stages!

Sep 24, 2020

To the editor:
I write not only as the Producer of the Forestburgh Playhouse and Tavern, but also on behalf of all the live stage venues in Sullivan County and the surrounding region.
The pandemic has devastated the live theater industry and put actors, technicians, musicians and others out of work. There are now two crucial bi-partisan bills pending in Congress which will provide urgently needed assistance.
I write today to urge everyone to call or write to their federal Senators and House members to ask them to pass S. 4258/ H.R.7806, the Save Our Stages Act and S. 3814/H. R7481, the RESTART Act.
These bipartisan and noncontroversial bills will help to ensure the survival of independent theater and music venues across the nation and here in Sullivan County and surrounding area.
Stages are experiencing upwards of 90% revenue loss and will be closed well into 2021 due to safety concerns posed by large indoor gatherings. Many report that they are in danger of having to close their doors forever which would not only be a travesty, but would also take a toll on our local economies.
Independent theater and music venues are economic multipliers, community builders, as well as beloved institutions. A Chicago study estimated that $1 spent at a small venue resulted in $12 of economic activities for neighboring restaurants, hotels, and retail shops.
These venues closing permanently would also impact the entire music and theater economy and ecosystem in America - artists, talent agents, stagehands, security, catering, artist managers, tour bus industry, production, radio/social media/tv/print advertising, record companies, and many others.
Please call and/or write to your representatives in Congress and urge them to pass S. 4258/ H.R.7806, the Save Our Stages Act and S. 3814/H.R.7481, the RESTART Act. Doing so would ensure that independent venues such as the Forestburgh Playhouse and Tavern receive the financial assistance needed to be able to reopen our doors when it is safe to do so.


Franklin Trapp
Proprietor, Forestburgh Tavern




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