As one of the original and faithful subscribers to Queens Theatre in the Park, I strongly support Greg Godfrey’s plea (“It’s Theatre in the Park,” Letters, Feb. 16) to retain its name.
The professional theatre world knows and loves and respects our theater, which was built from scratch by the genius of Jeff Rosenstock, who was chosen by inimitable Borough President Claire Shulman, after whom the theatre auditorium was named.
I was founding chairman of the Drama Department of New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. Two of our famous graduates performed at QTIP; Pricilla Lopez and Melissa Manchester, told me what a great experience it was for them.
To change the theater’s distinctive name would be a shocking insult to all of us who helped build the theatre and who are still trying to cope with the loss of Jeff. The identity of his masterpieces must not be destroyed.
The new artistic director can find other ways to put his own name on QTIP. But if he abandons the name and then fails to follow up on all the exciting programs introduced by Jeff and his buddy Willie Mosquera, the house manager (and performer) it would be akin to sheer vandalism. We wish him good judgment and good luck.