Around 2002 or 2003, I was still commuting to New York City and not that aware of how downtown Bridgeport was evolving. Then I was called to jury duty and found myself spending the day downtown. Not only did I survive the experience, but I found I loved it. My first evidence of a rebirth? The Playhouse on the Green.
For a while, there were Equity actors doing cool Broadway revivals, but you could sense the struggle to fill the house. More recently, a community players have tackled both ambitious and light productions.
Now the chairwoman of the Playhouse board says a rent increase has made it impossible for the theater to be a viable operation. Who’s the landlord? For years it was People’s Bank, but these days it’s Forstone Capital, which who recently sponsored that public art competition. They even have a photo of the playhouse on their home page, so they seem very civic minded, and maybe the are. But they’re not sugar daddies. In Forstone tells the Post that they have no profit motives here, but the antiquated building is costly to run.