After everyone had gone home following Friday's performance of Silent Heroes, thieves broke into the Fort Lauderdale warehouse space used by the Women's Theatre Project (TWTP) and stole all of the company's technical equipment, its cash box and its cell phone. That would be a blow to any theater, but it's especially rough for a company as small as the 45-seat TWTP -- particularly in a tanking economy.
Board president Meredith Lasher and her colleagues sprang into action once they discovered the loss, cancelling Saturday-Sunday performances, moving ticket holders into the upcoming final weekend of shows, arranging to rent equipment and working with police. Lasher put out a press release about the theft and its impact on the small company, commenting: "The robbery is a critical hurdle for our small theater company...we will require additional funding to replace our entire technical setup -- you cannot do theater without it."
Even with the additional fundraising ahead, however, Lasher and company vow to finish out the run of Silent Heroes.
"As you can imagine, we are pretty pissed off,'' she writes. "But the show goes on."
The final performances of Silent Heroes, about wives of Marine fighter pilots anxiously awaiting word of their husbands' fate, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday,Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students). Call 1-866-811-4111 or visit the theater's web site.