Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
An Alert for People in Theater
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.
More like this:
- Freaking Frauds — Jan. 15, 2014
- The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend — Oct. 16, 2013
- Hot Mess — Jan. 6, 2013
- My Last Love — March 14, 2012
- Stay Awake for the Ten O'Clock Show — Aug. 27, 2008