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Kin Of Founder Fights To Save Norwalk's Historic White Barn Theatre

Residents and activists are rallying to try to save the historic White Barn Theater from the wrecking ball.
Residents and activists are rallying to try to save the historic White Barn Theater from the wrecking ball. Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com

NORWALK, Conn. — The latest effort to save the historic White Barn Theatre is being led by Waldo Mayo, the grandnephew of the theater's founder Lucille Lortel.

Mayo said the theater cannot become another housing development because of the theater's legacy and what it means to the community, according to the Westport News.

The 148-seat theater opened in 1947 by Lortel -- who produced and acted in numerous Off Broadway plays -- has been closed for the past 15 years and the site has been approved by the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission for a 15-home development, said the Westport News.

Mayo, is trying to convince the owner, Jim Fieber, the managing partner for 78 Cranbury, LLC, to sell the property to him and the Norwalk Historical Commission. Although the commission doesn't have any power to stop the demolition, it can act in an advisory role to try and convince Norwalk's chief building official to step in and offer help. But they only have until March 22. After that, the demolition can move forward, added the Westport News.

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