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#SaveCafeEdison

I’ve never been much of a protestor. For someone who has very strong opinions and feelings you wouldn’t think this would necessarily be the case. I’m always thought that words have much more power and impact than screaming yourself hoarse.

A few months ago I found myself at The Theatre On Film And Tape archives at Lincoln Center. This beautiful resource has recorded and preserved almost every major theatrical production in New York in the past thirty years in addition to many other theatre-centric events. The best part of this collection? Anyone can request to view almost anything in the collection if they have a legitimate reason for doing so. What does this have to do with protesting, you ask? Great question!

While doing research for our ACT II Tour and our upcoming ACT III Tour I had heard about a protest in Times Square called the “Save The Theaters” Rally. In the mid 1980’s Times Square was the antithesis of its current state. Crime. Prostitution. Drugs. And amid all of this decay stood these beacons of hope that housed some of the world’s best entertainment each night at 8pm: our Broadway Theaters. When the clean-up process began, the city’s leaders were looking for anything that would take hold and rub away the grime to restore this iconic Square to its former glory. Enter The Portman Hotel. This was to be the next in line of luxury buildings that was going to reinvigorate the area. There was just one problem: the site for the hotel was then home to two historic Broadway Theaters, The Morosco and the original Helen Hayes. That didn’t seem to be an issue with the powers that be. Simply knock ‘em down and build anew was their motto.