Fish Creek, Wis. (March 10, 2021) – In March of 1960, the Internal Revenue Service seized the theater’s real estate and property to sell to the highest bidder to settle unpaid back taxes. With the assistance of financial angels, the theater was saved from the revenue officer for the time being.
Although start-up funds were lacking and creditors were still knocking at the door, several company members flocked to the theater to begin the 26th season. But, they ultimately had to cancel the first production when the Sheriff served the theater with another property seizure. But, more angels appeared! Citizens in the community banded together to raise funds and create a not-for-profit foundation to run the theater over the July 4th holiday. On July 5th, the curtain rose on the 26th season but uncertainty remained at the back of everyone’s mind.
“… remember no man is a failure who has friends” – the angel Clarence to George in It’s a Wonderful Life.
Coming Soon … 1961
Although a citizens group rallied to help keep the theater they had come to cherish open in the summer of 1960, the bank foreclosed on the property in December. In addition to that, Caroline’s health had not improved, the Fisher family lost Mama to cancer and medical bills were piling up.
Door County Sheriff Marvin Zwicky scheduled a public auction to be held on Saturday, February 11, 1961, to satisfy the Bank of Sturgeon Bay’s mortgage against the theater. A Milwaukee Journal article states “the land will make good mercantile land and could become a store.” Tune in next time to see if Caroline has one more ace up her sleeve!
Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm: The Play’s the Thing Audio Play Readings Continue
The Thin Man series, written by Sam Spade’s creator Dashiell Hammett, follows the sophisticated duo of ex-detective Nick Charles and his glamorous, wealthy wife, Nora. Their escapades to unravel mysteries and solve murders wherever they may lie are all done with snappy banter, shaken cocktails and gumshoe-esque sleuthing.
Admission is complimentary; donations are greatly appreciated. Limited to 300 households. Book here.
The Play’s the Thing is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as generous grants from Door County Medical Center, Friends of Door County Libraries, The Shubert Foundation and operating funds of Peninsula Players Theatre.