How do theaters come to be? If you ask John Taylor, actor, director and producer, he\u2019ll tell you to think back about a couple of hundred years ago. \u201cThat\u2019s when actors would arrive in horse and buggies and come into a town and present a play. Afterwards, they would pass a hat around for donations and then move on to another town.\u201d That\u2019s how it happened. While Shakespeare in Sharon is not about to move from town to town, the plan started when John asked what and when the next production at the Sharon Playhouse was going to be? The response by those nearby took him by surprise: \u201cWho would come?\u201d Still when you get theater people together, ideas start to grow. We do have Shakesperience, a successful theater whose home base is in Waterbury, but travels to schools and moves from town to town producing Shakespeare\u2019s plays. There are a few other venues as well. However, the scope of this new venture not only holds promise but has financial backing behind it. These three incredibly talented actors and directors with incomparable theater experience include John Taylor, Jane Farnol and Katherine Almquist. They came together and realized that they could start a Shakespeare event that would draw audiences from near and far. Considering this formidable trio, this is the best theater news to come about in a very long time. Imagine - three people planning a new theater during this wretched time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having extensively covered the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford for more than 10 years, before it finally fell into ruin and eventually was burned to the ground by arsonists in 2019, this new Shakespeare in Sharon will draw audiences craving theater and Shakespeare. Massachusetts and New York have huge Shakespeare festivals. These three celebrated and renowned thespians will make the Shakespearian theater happen here. \u201cWe first approached nearby Kent with our plans. Kent does not have a theater. It would have been the perfect place. However, they were not enthusiastic about it,\u201d said Taylor, obviously disappointed in the response. \u201cIt has to be outdoors,\u201d said Taylor, noting that for people to come together, they have to feel safe. Being outdoors with safe distancing practices will allow people to come out to enjoy theater and feel comfortable doing it.\u201d The plan so far is to charge $25 per car. People can bring chairs or blankets to sit on. There\u2019s plenty of space to spread out on Almquist\u2019s 36-acre parcel in Sharon. It doesn\u2019t matter how many people are in the vehicle. Farnol will hold auditions in April and rehearsals will run through May. Tentatively, the production will run the last three weekends in June. \u201cI think by June people will have adjusted to the new normal,\u201d said John who plans on a grand opening with a very big bang. \u201cWe\u2019re impatient to have it happen. I wish it were next year already.\u201d Farnol recently directed \u201cMacbeth\u201d at the Brookfield Playhouse. There\u2019s little doubt that when she announces auditions for the inaugural production actors from everywhere will come out. Actors are aching to act. She too was surprised that Kent\u2019s Land Trust didn\u2019t jump at the opportunity to have a Shakespeare festival in their town, but thrilled to have Shakespeare in Sharon. Almquist is so excited about working on this project. Her husband David is busy clearing the land. \u201cIt\u2019s the perfect setting,\u201d she said of her property. She also noted that the designated area is near a beautiful pond. What is so special is that all three ended their conversations with: \u201cIt will happen.\u201d They definitely answered the question \u201cWho will come?\u201d Apparently anyone who loves theater, Shakespeare, and wants to feel safe and comfortable outdoors. Stay tuned for updates. If you have inside, off stage information regarding any Connecticut theater or local luminaries, please send it with a contact name and phone number to email@example.com. Due to space needs, timeliness and other considerations, not all submissions can be addressed.