Dear Rose Fans, The tuxedo was rented, the hair was jet black, the auditorium was jammed with wonderful supporters who bought out the house in less than 30 minutes, and the rose bouquet was soon to be given to either the remarkable and generous interior designer Barbara Marseille, or to my angel landlords, Phil and Sandy Johnson. It was opening night of the Rose, July 11th, 1992. How this much time has passed boggles the mind. There are so many people to give thanks to for making the Rose what it is today. And for someone who has always hated having his picture taken, this particular photograph has always resonated with me. Opening a theatre in Port Townsend was a seven-and-a-half-year odyssey, and whatever forces conspired to finally make it happen, I knew that evening that I had found my place.
The opening night feature was Billy Wilder's timeless comedy SOME LIKE IT HOT. Twenty-four years to the day, we're presenting a free showing of it next Monday at 1:00; first-come, first-seated. And we'll also be giving away two memberships to the Rose. I hope that you can join us.
I never forget, and never will, that because you continue to walk through our doors, you make my job possible, a job that I love more than ever, twenty-four years later. Thank you.
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DARK HORSE and THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY have both been popular hits at the Rose and Starlight, but both are departing this Thursday, July 7th.
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE has delighted audiences since opening last Friday, and will be holding over for one more week beginning this Friday in the Starlight Room. While downstairs in the Rose family and kid fare will fill our screens for a week. THE BFG moves to the Rosebud, and THE SECRET LIVES OF PETS opens in the Rose. (My managers talked about giving away a pony as a door prize next week, but I'm sorry, I had to nip that one in the bud).
See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room