Kim Neblett 
Member since Dec 19, 2012

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Re: “Burning Down the House

I, Kim Neblett, do resolve to not support the Firehouse Theatre Project in any way until the founding artistic director, Carol Piersol, is reinstated as artistic director, pending the resignation of the responsible parties. I will not create work, nor attend a performance, nor donate to or in support of this space until this wrong has been righted. -- If you are an artist (supporter, ticket-buyer, donor, student, technician, et al) please join with us in posting this.

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Posted by Kim Neblett on 01/16/2013 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Firehouse Director Ousted

There is no Firehouse Theatre without Carol Piersol. She is its magic. She is its heart. She is its soul. Without her, it is just a dead, empty space. No magic, no appeal. This petite woman is so quietly charismatic that you may overlook that it is she who is drawing you into this magical place called the Firehouse Theatre. Her presence and through her the presence of the other founders so imbue the old firehouse with magic that you think it’s the space at first. That is what I thought. At first.

The appeal was there. The raw, rough edges of the space that seemed to encourage you to let go, just try it, see what happens. The quiet, dark places there where you found a craving, a hunger for more, something more. The wondrous delight in the people you found there. So kind, so creative, so supportive, so challenging, so stubborn, so intelligent, so lovable. It called to me. I craved it.

So I became involved with the Firehouse Theatre or what I thought was the theatre. Oddly, there were times when I found the place ugly and boring. I wondered what I had found appealing about this place. Perhaps that is when I started to notice. I tend to be a rather self-centered person, so I didn’t really notice the correlation between the presence of the magic and the presence of the quiet woman. Not right away. I didn’t notice that when she smiled at me, my heart lifted. Not right away. I didn’t notice that when she complimented me, no compliment had ever meant more to me. Not right away. Like any good narcissist, I resent doing favors. I didn’t notice that when she asked me to do something, help out in some way, rather than resentment, I felt like I had earned an award. I didn’t notice that at an opening party or event, it wasn’t fulfilling until Carol had spoken with me, until Carol had given me a “Carol” hug. I’m not sure when I realized it was Carol not the Firehouse.

When I did, I was amazed at the magical power of this woman. She has the incredible power to make you feel special, to make you feel brave, to make you feel loved. It doesn’t matter if you are an artist or a patron, she makes you feel this. I thought I loved the Firehouse Theatre, I now know that it is Carol Piersol that I love.

The only magic in the Firehouse Theatre is from this quiet woman, Carol Piersol, and the magic she carries with her from the other founding members, Bill Gordon, Janet Wilson, Anna Senechal Johnson, and Harry Kollatz, Jr. Without Carol Piersol, there will be no more magic at the Firehouse Theatre. And the magic will slowly drain away. And the Firehouse Theatre will die. And it breaks my heart to think of the loss of this magical place.

~ Kim Neblett

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Posted by Kim Neblett on 12/19/2012 at 1:43 PM

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