An open letter from producing artistic director Steven Sabel...
Dear Patrons and Supporters,
There have been so many changes in the past six months!
It was with great excitement, and some bittersweet emotion that I announced an academic sabbatical at the beginning of the Summer. I was preparing to embrace some outstanding opportunities to advance my scholarship in Shakespearean studies over the next 12 months. The opportunities before me were indeed a tremendous honor, and I am blessed to have the ability to devote the time and energy to engage them.
After participating as a member of the faculty of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Summer Seminar at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, July 21-26, 2019, I made the decision to accept a position in Southern Oregon, and move my family to this beautiful area so full of opportunities for us.
I will soon deliver a presentation, "Rhyme AND Reason: Shakespeare the director, a study of stage direction within the texts and scansion of the plays," at the SOF Annual Conference to be held at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut in October, 2019. As a result of these opportunities, I have also been asked to prepare the texts of my presentations for potential publication in scholarly peer reviewed journals of significant reputation.
These are excellent opportunities for me to advance my knowledge and overall abilities, as well as further enhance my reputation as a Shakespearean artist and scholar. These are the very kind of opportunities college professors and other professionals look for when they schedule their sabbaticals. The timing of opportunities is not always advantageous to everyone, but it is fitting the term sabbatical receives its origins from the word, Sabbath, and generally they occur after a term of service of seven years. Archway Theatre Company celebrated its seventh anniversary in October, 2018. This sabbatical was due.
Unfortunately, all of these changes and opportunities in my life will result in major changes for the Archway Theatre, which will remain on hiatus until the Summer of 2020, when it will reorganize as a thriving artistic hub in Southern Oregon as its new home. I know that some of you will be disappointed to see Archway Theatre leave Los Angeles, but we will of course welcome you all to Southern Oregon for performances when they begin here.
Thank you all for your unending support of the Archway, our previous endeavors, me and my family, and these magnificent opportunities before us. We will miss our LA family, but we will remain in contact, and keep you posted about our future endeavors.
Wish us well as we advance to this new level of learning and career development in our new home.