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Staples Players To Dedicate Sculpture To Honor Founders

 The Staples Players and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection are set to dedicate a sculpture in honor of founding faculty members Craig Matheson (left) and Steve Gilbert.
The Staples Players and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection are set to dedicate a sculpture in honor of founding faculty members Craig Matheson (left) and Steve Gilbert. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Staples Players and the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection are set to dedicate a sculpture in honor of founding faculty members Craig Matheson and Steve Gilbert.

Staples High School alumnus Adam Stoplen has donated the sculpture "All The World's A Stage" for the 5 p.m. Nov. 23 dedication ceremony at Staples High School. The ceremony is free and open to the public and will follow the Staples Players production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

The performance is also dedicated to Matheson, who died in August.

“Throughout the decades the arts have played an important role in making Westport a unique place,” said WSPAC Co-Chair and Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz.

“Craig Matheson and Steve Gilbert's contribution to this artistic heritage has helped to enrich the lives of people here and throughout the world,” Stolpen said in the release.

"'All the World’s A Stage,' attributed to the artist and designer Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), reveals a medley of changing color, light and pattern," said a press release. "The sculpture’s title is from the famous monologue in Shakespeare’s 'As You Like It' (Act II Scene VII) and compares the world to a stage and life to a play."

The dedication also promises to feature a performance from current Staples students and welcoming remarks by Staples Principal John Dodig and Bennewitz, as well as tributes by David Roth, Stolpen and members of the Matheson family.

“Craig Matheson was loved by so many people who had the honor to work with him and who were touched by his wonderful, creative and generous spirit,” said Staples Player director David Roth in the release. “Working with Craig was an incredible experience and gave insight into his incredible passion for theater. Perhaps it is appropriate that the last Players production he saw was 'You Can’t Take it With You' this past May; it was the first show he directed for Players in 1959.”

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