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Thanks, Maryland, for keeping community theaters like ours alive | READER COMMENTARY

Tim Elliott puts on makeup for his role at the Fells Point Corner Theatre's 2011 production of "Compleat Female Stage Beauty." The theater is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic but its president looks forward to brighter days ahead. File. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun).
Tim Elliott puts on makeup for his role at the Fells Point Corner Theatre's 2011 production of "Compleat Female Stage Beauty." The theater is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic but its president looks forward to brighter days ahead. File. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun). (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)

Ten months ago Fells Point Corner Theatre, along with our sister institutions, were forced to close as part of the plan to battle COVID-19. Over the past months, we have used various vehicles to stay connected with our audiences. Our supporting donors have been exceptionally kind during this period.

Last March, we asked our elected representatives not to forget local theaters when they were crafting relief plans. Recently, they acknowledged our concerns and stepped up to provide much-needed relief via the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative: Entertainment Venues, a program that provides grant assistance during this especially uncertain time (”Hogan announces $30 million COVID relief to entertainment, music venues; 23 Baltimore organizations to receive funds,” Jan. 15).

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Fells Point Corner Theatre, along with our entire FPCT family — our directors, staff, designers, actors and other collaborators — is incredibly grateful to Gov. Larry Hogan and the extremely hardworking members of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to be awarded funding from the state. These funds will make a critical impact as we prepare to reopen safely and welcome everyone back to 251 South Ann Street as soon as we are permitted to do so.

Larry Lambert, Timonium

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The writer is president of Fells Point Corner Theatre.

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