Backwards & Forwards: a series on Las Vegas theatre history, Part 1

You don’t know where you’re going, until you know where you’ve been. - Old English Proverb

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” - James Baldwin

About four years ago, in a conversation with the critic everybody loved to hate, Anthony Del Valle, and Bill Schafer, Night Beat Magazine publisher, the titular subject came up this way: I recalled that, in separate theatre parking lot conversations—where many interesting topics get covered—I mentioned two people. The reply was “Who is that?” The people I mentioned had made significant contributions to the theatre community, and I thought, “One has a venue named for him! How could you not know who he is?!?” Then Tony said that someone stated during a curtain speech it was the first time Shakespeare was being presented in Las Vegas. I laughed heartily! The companies that have produced his works over the decades would’ve been surprised to learn that.