YOUR REVIEW OF “Twelfth Night” (August 9) perpetuates the fraud that the Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival is free. It is not.

Their program states that it is the only free professional Shakespeare company in New Jersey. Not so.

Upon approaching the box office you see a sign that states the $10 contribution expected fee. Not “accepted” but “expected.”

Two years ago we saw a family of five leave because of that sign. This year I complained and was told this is how it is done in London. London?

Princeton Rep can charge whatever they think is a fair price. However, to promote “free,” when obviously they expect you to pay, is a joke.

Phil Weinstein

Kendall Park

I APOLOGIZE to Mr. Weinstein if he was under an erroneous impression. Many of the attendees from the Princeton area think we receive financial support from the Borough or the Township. We do not. That’s why we made this sign, to tell people we are not getting support.

Our sign says: “The Shakespeare Festival may be free, but these are professional productions so all actors, designers, and technicians are paid. Princeton Rep suggests a $10 donation per adult. Thank you.”

We appreciate all the donations made by members of our audience who can afford to make a donation. However, we have never turned away anyone who does not wish to make a donation. We are committed to keeping this professional Actors Equity company free for those who do not have economic access to the arts.

Victoria Liberatori

Producing Artistic Director

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