UCSC finally got around to informing the Shakespeare Santa Cruz donors about the existence of Shakespeare Play On (a day or two before the Shakespeare Play On fundraising deadline, with over $100,000 still needed):
Thank you for supporting Shakespeare Santa Cruz
As many of you may know, Shakespeare Santa Cruz—at least as a campus-sponsored activity—ended last month with the holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The decision that the campus could no longer afford to provide ongoing financial support to Shakespeare Santa Cruz was one of the most difficult of my tenure as chancellor.
However, as you may have heard, a community-based nonprofit group—Shakespeare Play On—is spearheading a drive to establish a more financially viable company and relaunch the popular festival in time for a Summer 2014 season. Their representatives and the campus are actively discussing the possible use of the Stanley-Sinsheimer Glen and other facilities on campus.
The new company has already received tremendous donor support for this ambitious undertaking. Yet, representatives of Shakespeare Play On have told me that this remains a critical time for the organization—and they asked that I write to you and other past supporters of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, letting you know that help is still needed.
If you are interested in Shakespeare Play On, please take a few minutes to learn more about the organization and its financial needs. You may do so by visiting www.shakespeareplayon.net.
On behalf of the campus, please also accept my heartfelt thanks for your past support of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. The performances, the designs, the staging—literally everything about the productions—would not have been possible without the support of people like you.
I am sure Shakespeare Play On would be as appreciative of your generosity as the campus was during the festival’s first 32 years.
Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz
This letter is gracious, but a bit late (mid-December would have been much more valuable). I hope it comes in time to do some good.