FAREWELL, ADIOS, ARRIVEDERCHI
SILICON VALLEY-- The TABARD Board of Directors announced to the press that on June 30th 2020, CATHY SPIELBERGER CASSETTA will be retiring as Artistic Director of TABARD THEATRE COMPANY the theatre that she founded, twenty years ago.
On November 2000, during the course of one weekend, CATHY was approached by three different people who told her that she should start a theatre company. Her answer to these people was, "We don't need another theatre company." But, she reveals that after thinking about it, she concluded that maybe, she could provide to SAN JOSE, with a 'different' theatre company an ALTRUISTIC THEATRE COMPANY.
Since that day, CATHY SPIELBERGER CASSETTA began working tirelessly creating and building her Altruistic theatre company in TABARD (named after the intimate 96 seat theatre located in Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow) with the sole purpose to make in each and every one of its presentations, a difference in the community through the arts.
Those who know CATHY CASSETTA, as she is usually called, know that it has always been important, in her life to make a difference in other people's lives . She infused that in TABARD. One of the hallmarks of differentiation for her theatre was designating a local non-profit to receive a portion of each production's concessions, an amount that grew when TABARD took over THEATRE OF SAN PEDRO SQUARE in 2008. Another difference was to provide arts education free, or at a price that working family could manage in TABARD.
Since it opened, TABARD THEATRE had presenter 100+ productions and concerts. With a new director, TABARD will continue in its new Season in September.
As we say Farewell, Adios, and Arrideverchi to CATHY on her retirement, in three of the different languages she speaks, we wonder what can we do to thank her for her twenty years of labor? She doesn't want any personal gifts, plaques, or flowers, so, the BOARD suggested to let people know that if any of the TABARD's shows did make a difference in their lives during the past twenty years, and some of these people would like to express their gratitude to CATHY CASSETTA, they can do it by making a donation, in any amount, on her name, to TABARD and sending their check before June 30th to:
Tabard c/o Marilyn Watts