How do theaters come to be? If you ask John Taylor, actor, director and producer, he’ll tell you to think back about a couple of hundred years ago. “That’s when actors would arrive in horse and buggies and come into a town and present a play. Afterwards, they would pass a hat around for donations and then move on to another town.” That’s how it happened. While Shakespeare in Sharon is not about to move from town to town, the plan started when John asked what and when the next production at the Sharon Playhouse was going to be? The response by those nearby took him by surprise: “Who would come?”
Still when you get theater people together, ideas start to grow. We do have Shakesperience, a successful theater whose home base is in Waterbury, but travels to schools and moves from town to town producing Shakespeare’s plays. There are a few other venues as well. However, the scope of this new venture not only holds promise but has financial backing behind it.