So, the Ensemble Theatre Company is acquiring the Vic [“Victoria Street Theatre Closes,” 5/4/10]. The Ensemble doesn’t cast local actors. Nor does it rent or offer its space to other companies or productions. So now, with the Vic leased to the Ensemble, another important venue is lost to local actors, local theater companies, local dance companies, local schools, local producers, local lecturers, local filmmakers, local talent, local anything. This loss seems to reflect the bizarre attitude that local is provincial, and out-of-town theater most desirable.
Santa Barbara has some brilliant theater companies and dozens of incredibly talented actors. The closing off of the Vic will hurt them all. Here’s to the memory of the Vic!—William York Hyde, artistic director, First Impulse Theatre Company)