eCREATIVE MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2016 - Page 29

eCREATIVE Playwright Langston Hughes (left) with Lucille Lortel (second from right) and other guests Opera singer Placido Domingo and actress Sophia Loren with Lucille Lortel Actress Luise Rainer (left) and producer Rod Serling at the White Barn Theatre property, that is also home to a pond, woodlands, and extensive acres of wetlands. . In November, 2015, the Norwalk Zoning Commission voted to give Mr. Fieber permission to demolish what is a Connecticut and National Theatre Treasure, and build 15 homes on this pristine natural preserve. It will be lost forever if the $5.2 million the developer is asking for cannot be raised to buy the property. Waldo Mayo, 25, Lucille Lortel’s greatnephew, and an actor now living in New York City, spent summers and holidays up at the White Barn with his aunt. When he realized the property was not developed and laying fallow, he committed to acquiring it to bring back the production of new plays there, recreating the museum that Lucille organized for educational purposes, and making the site a destination in the town for visitors and theatre lovers. Hearing that I was a close friend to his great aunt for more than thirty years, Waldo asked me to join the Board of The Lucille Lortel and Waldo Mayo White Barn Foundation, Inc., a newly organized 501c3 nonprofit organization he founded to buy the property and start the theatre again. Showgirls, a musical that I coauthored with Earl Wilson, Jr., and