Once again, your comments and letters were coming at us like never before. We even managed to get out of the way a couple times. Every week, the NoDef Inbox collects the highlights of the week's responses, guffaws and general offers of good, clean fun from our readership. This week, we received a lot of feedback about Jim Fitzmorris' column about the future of the Le Petit Theatre, and our continuing coverage of hurricane season. Click through for the highlights.
Le Petit Discord
Fitzmorris' Thursday column delved into the future of the French Quarter's oldest theatre. We received a letter on the topic from the Le Petit Guild, an independent group that supports the theatre.
Concerned about the future of a venerable New Orleans institution, the Guild of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré called an emergency meeting of its members on Tuesday to discuss the lack of transparency surrounding negotiations between Dickie Brennan and Le Petit’s board of governors. Guild members, many of them lifelong supporters of the theater, expressed apprehension about the alleged plan to convert part of the historic theater into a restaurant. Roused to action by the urgency of the situation, the Guild, an autonomous organization that supports the theater, launched a campaign to Save Le Petit.
hundreds more have signed our petition urging the theater’s board of
governors to use a fair and open process to determine the future of the
theater. Our message that the board should review all proposals before
entering into an agreement has struck a chord with New Orleanians who
support arts, culture and historic preservation, and Facebook and
Twitter are buzzing with activity as a result.
feasible option available to keep the struggling theater afloat, other
proposals deserve to be considered as well. Preserving the historic and
cultural integrity of the theater should be the board’s priority, and
replacing the much beloved Children’s Theater with yet another French
Quarter restaurant should not be the first recourse to address Le
Petit’s financial difficulties – particularly when other
philanthropists have expressed interest in offering assistance.
THE GUILD QUESTIONS THE WAY THAT THIS ALLEGED DEAL HAS BEEN HANDLED AND FIRMLY BELIEVES THAT IT HAS BEEN DONE IN VIOLATION OF THE THEATRE'S NON-PROFIT CHARTER AND BYLAWS. THE BOARD’S INSISTENCE ON KEEPING ALL NEGOTIATIONS “PRIVATE” FURTHER UNDERMINES OUR TRUST IN THEIR ABILITY TO ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE THEATER. LE PETIT’S SUBSCRIBERS ARE MEMBERS OF THE THEATER AND RIGHTFULLY DESERVE TO HAVE A VOICE IN SUCH AN
IMPORTANT DECISION. THE GUILD INTENDS TO EXERCISE ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST DECISION IS MADE TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE THEATRE.
Orleanians have had enough with the backroom dealing. We are only asking
the board to put all offers on the table and use an impartial process to
choose the best one.
"How 'bout them pumps? We're gonna need them living behind these big walls."