Thursday, April 12, 2007

Will Passions end mean end to theater?

The rumor mill is churning, but Maralyn Thoma-Dougherty, the co-founder of Bend's 2nd Street Theater, wants folks to know the theater is not for sale, at least not for the time being.

The fuss concerns the announcement by NBC to cancel soap opera Passions. Thoma-Dougherty is an Emmy-nominated writer for the show, a job that's helped her finance the day-to-day operations at the theater, which she founded with her husband, Steve, in 2001.

But after 26 years of writing for daytime TV, including Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara (for which she did win an Emmy), Thoma-Dougherty is ready to holster her quill. She is tired, she said, and looking forward to a break.

The downside is the theater becomes unsustainable.

"I've been subsidizing it because I wanted to do it," said Thoma-Dougherty. "I love the theater, love what were doing, and I love the audiences. I always knew when Passions ended, (the subsidy) probably would have to end, too, because, ya know, I just wouldn't have the money. I didn't think it would end this quickly."

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