Monday, July 15, 2024

Surprise Shakespeare Reveal


June 26th at Special Town Council Meeting

On Friday, June 23rd, Mayor Laura Hoydick sent an email as well as their “ponies” (ponies are a package containing the Town Council agenda, minutes, and sometimes documents such as site plans.  Ponies usually arrive on a Thursday before a council meeting at 5 p.m.) to all of the Town Council members informing them the Town of Stratford had been granted $3 million by the State of Connecticut for the redevelopment of the grounds of the former Shakespeare Theater property.  (Editor’s Note:  this grant was awarded to Stratford on April 6, 2022)

According to Hoydick her administration has been working with the design firm of DTC to craft the proposal that she would be presenting.  Her email follows:


DTC is a multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm.  In business since 1979, DTC has implemented innovative design, planning, and management both locally and across the globe.  Projects in Connecticut in include Ralph Walker Rink in New Haven, Rentschler Field, Connecticut Convention Center, and Dunkin Donuts Park.  According to their website:  “Our mission at DTC is simple:  DTC is committed to providing comprehensive, long term solutions for the built environment. By establishing partnerships with stakeholders, we create sustainable buildings and infrastructure.  DTC has an office in Hamden.

Mayor Hoydick claims that the presentation made on Monday on the Shakespeare Theater was an early concept/design and will be followed by a public meeting and discussion, the timing to be determined.

Below you will find renderings of the proposed redevelopment including the “Black Box Theater”.

FYI According to Wikipedia A black box theater is a simple performance space, typically a square room with black walls and a flat floor. The simplicity of the space allows it to be used to create a variety of configurations of stage and audience interaction. The blackbox is a relatively recent innovation in

Rendering of the Pavilion

Prototype of “White House” (Benjamin Nichols House)




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