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Jazz Fest cramps Theatre’s season

As an Aspen Theatre in the Park board member and avid supporter, I feel compelled to speak out regarding the relocation of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival to Rio Grande Park.

While there has been significant coverage documenting the dispute between the Music Festival and the Jazz Festival, the impact on the Theatre has been virtually ignored. In reality, the Theatre will feel the impact of this action far more than any other organization in town.

For almost 15 years, Aspen Theatre in the Park has been the primary summer occupant of Rio Grande Park. During our long residency in the park, we applied yearly for special use permits and eventually were granted a conditional permanent use permit solidifying the park location as our home.

Needless to say, we were more than a bit surprised to learn that Jazz Aspen Snowmass would be holding its June concert in this same park at the same time as the opening of our season. We were not contacted in advance of this announcement but instead, like most of the town, read about the venue change in the local papers.

In the spirit of cooperation, Aspen Theatre in the Park has agreed to rearrange its technical, production and performance schedules to accommodate the needs of the Jazz Festival. While we are not necessarily pleased with these adjustments, we understand that for the good of the arts community we must make some calculated sacrifices.

It is my hope that the city of Aspen both recognizes these sacrifices and acts more thoughtfully in the future. As for the City Council, please be aware of the ramifications of your decisions on the vitality of the Theatre.

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Aspen Theatre in the Park has proudly offered quality theatrical productions and educational programs to the community for over 20 years. We would like to continue to do so without being unreasonably hindered.

Maureen Holman

Aspen Theatre in the Park