Attending the meeting did have its rewards. Gossips was there to hear Laura Margolis, executive creative director for Stageworks, express to the board her concerns about the request for proposals. One of the illustrations found in the RFP is the one below, identified as "Contextual Image of the Waterfront Area."
|HDC Montgomery St. RFP
Margolis explained that, although it was in the process of selling its building at 41 Cross Street to Redburn Development, Stageworks was not leaving the area. The plan is to build a new state-of-the-art 75 to 100 seat theater on the vacant lot just west of 41 Cross Street--a parcel owned by Stageworks--and they will continue to need their parking lot. "Audiences for theater are not kids," she asserted. "We need a parking lot." She told the board, "We don't want to be left out of the process," and asked if "HDC wanted to be in the habit of putting one business out of business for the sake of another."
Margolis also objected to description of Stageworks in the RFP as a "non-profit community theater." Stageworks is a not-for-profit, but it is an Actors' Equity theater. "We pay people a union wage," said Margolis. "We have garnered national press. Our work is substantial. We are a serious business."
After listening to Margolis and thanking her for her input, the six members of the HDC board present--Don Moore, Eileen Halloran, Carolyn Lawrence, Bart Delaney, Brian Stickles, and Claudia DeStefano--went into executive session "to discuss a real estate transaction," and audience members were required to leave.
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