The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is dealing with offstage drama worthy of The Bard himself.
In a frantic e-mail to 8,000 subscribers this week, Atlanta Shakespeare Company artistic director Jeff Watkins disclosed that the downtown theater company’s revenues are down $213,000 and that it needs to raise a quick $10,000 in order to keep the nonprofit “alive and well.”
To further emphasize the point, the e-mail contained a photo of Watkins dramatically grabbing for the end of a length of rope.
“I’m used to doing my suffering in silence,” Watkins told Buzz Friday. “It’s not my nature to send out an e-mail like this. But the bottom line is, I didn’t have much choice.”
Like countless others waging battle with the economic downturn, the 25-year-old theater company is caught in the current credit drought. Watkins said the theater’s American Express credit line was closed without notification. Watkins discovered that financial fact only after a $10,000 check bounced this