Letters to the Editor

Generous press coverage helps make play successful

During July 2016, a theater troupe from Cal Poly prepared and toured Central California with an original play, “The Collection.”

The show, a celebration of the life and legacy of Peggy Guggenheim, featured 40 interactive paintings — many of them hand-created during a two-year period.

As playwright and director, I wish to thank the numerous patrons and newspaper reporters who supported the project.

Because of generous press coverage and word of mouth, 11 of the 12 shows were sold out. Specifically, I wish to thank the following writers who conducted interviews and published articles on the project: Sarah Linn (The Tribune, “New play ‘The Collection’ looks at socialite’s lifelong love of art”), Ted Mills (Santa Barbara News-Press, “Hangin’ with Peggy. Pop-up play examines the wild life of art collector Peggy Guggenheim”), Joanna Kroeker (Fresno Bee, “Play about Peggy Guggenheim blends art, theater to create unique experience”) and Walter Ryce (Monterey County Weekly, “The life and times of Peggy Guggenheim unfolds on the Carl Cherry stage”). I also wish to thank Trever Dias for publishing a photo of the cast in New Times.

Al Schnupp, San Luis Obispo

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