Hi All, I don't quite understand if I'm posting this in the right place, if not I apologize and hope that the moderators will move it. I wanted to share a letter I wrote to the OFS Board regarding the recent firing, and my experience with Jeff and the theatre. I hope the people who are boycotting can attempt to put this incident in a historic context, and that we can all make the effort to trust accounts of experiences that are not our own.
Dear OFS Board,
I wanted to write regarding the recent firing of Jeffrey Bartone, and the subsequent criticism and walkout by the projectionists. Part of the complaint in the projectionists' open letter was that this firing signified that the board is out of touch with what the OFS community wants. I would like to tell you: nothing could be further from the truth.
I have produced shows and festivals at the theatre for over 12 years, and was also formerly on the OFS Board of Directors. I have had extensive contact with Jeffrey in many different contexts. He is a great person, but terribly suited to any position where he has to work with the public, let alone be the main face of the organization for many groups who use the theatre. He actively makes the theatre unwelcoming, makes you feel like you have no right to be there. His behavior ranges from the run-of-the-mill rude to bizarrely aggressive- like nothing I have seen in the 150-odd venues I have produced shows in across the country.