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Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Common Ground Theatre Is Gone, But Some of Its Resources and Its Role Live on in Walltown Children's Theatre

Thanks for the nice article and acknowledgement, Byron. I would like to put a gentle dedication out to my father, Peter Klem, who gave Common Ground the initial $20000 loan (interest free!) for most of that equipment. Common Ground ALMOST paid off that debt by the time he passed away last October. But it was his single generous contribution that made CGT possible and I am very happy to have his legacy continue at Children's Walltown Theatre. Thanks, Peter Klem, for being a great supporter of the arts.

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Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

Thank you to all the people who came to Common Ground to see our eclectic, experimental and ever changing theatre productions. Thank you to all the artists and producing companies who used Common Ground Theatre over and over again to create brilliant work. Thank you to the few but mighty individuals who gave financially to Common Ground over the years.

Common Ground was a Community Space and served us for over a decade. That's an amazing tenure in our fragile art world. As the Theatre Community rises out of the ashes to build a new and better Community Space (and it will happen), I beg you to question how you can make the next one last even longer. Can you purchase tickets to more events? Can you book the space more often? Can you give a little each year toward the operation costs or to create a paycheck for the administrator of the venue? So much responsibility seems to be put on the back of the administrators when ultimately the loyalty and passion of the Community is also imperative to sustain the venue.

I was so lucky to get to manage Common Ground for 9 years. It was a time of great creativity and joy in my life. I met amazing people and watched the independent theatre scene thrive. Thank you to everyone for making Common Ground Theatre the amazing success it was.

Rachel Klem

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Posted by RKlem on 12/22/2016 at 8:39 AM

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