Nothing has been more thrilling in the last few years than to see the throngs of people crowding the Boston Common to see the free performances by Commonwealth Shakespeare.
Geoff Edgers has followed up a report of a few months ago, with a new and more detailed report of the downsizing of the annual outdoor production of the Bard.
When I posted about this topic back in March, I was puzzled. The Commonwealth Shakespeare productions are major cultural events that draws over 100,000 people to see free Shakespeare. The fact that between corporate and private donations the cost cannot be offset is mind boggling.
I am greatly sympathetic, because I do not pretend to have ever been in a position where I have had to deal with such a project. However, looking from the outside I just think it's weird. It would be one thing if the shows were not attracting an audience, but anybody who has ever attended can attest to its popularity across the entire socioeconomic, racial and geographic spectrum.
I hope that they will be able to overcome these problems.
As I said in March, and I have reiterated several times, we can help. We can donate. I already have, you can do so here. If you attend the show, or have attended the show in the past, consider making a donation, it sounds cliched, but no amount is too small.
Let's not go backwards.