Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
And maybe not just them.
Several local theater people got an email this morning from Fred Moramarco, SDSU professor emeritus and artistic director of Laterthanever Productions:
"Apologies for having to reach out to you like this. My wife and I had a trip to United Kingdom for a short vacation, and had our bag stolen from us with our phone, passport and credit cards in it. The Embassy is willing to help is fly without our passport, I just have to pay for our ticket and settle Hotel bills. Unfortunately for me, I can't have access to funds without my credit card, I've made contact with my back but they need more time to come up with a new one and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills. Please i need you to lend me 1,750 (pounds) to sort-out our hotel bills. I am freaked out right now. Fred."
First of all, Fred is a poet and professor of English and would never punctuate this badly, even in an email (comma splices, run-ons), not to mention capitalizing "hotel."
Either he's extremely freaked out, or he never sent the message.
Bet on the latter. About a month ago Sam Woodhouse, artistic director of the Rep, got a similar email from a close friend of his, also in London. She only requested something like $850. But the words, and the situation, were the same.
Maybe this should be just an alert for artistic directors of San Diego theater. Maybe not.
In any event, cast a cold eye.