John Bonanni is exiting hisrole as executive director of Torrington's Warner Theatre after one and a half years.
According to an announcement regarding his resignation from the theater, Bonanni will seek to become "an executive producer via his New yorj-based commercial company Big Fish, Big Pond, but has volunteered his services as an artistic consultant to the Warner Theatre, specifically its community amateur theater group, the Warner Stage Company."
“This move will also provide an opportunity to pursue the production of new works which have been on my shelf for over a year," he said in a statement.
Immediate plans include mounting a non-Equity workshop production of “The Gefilte Fish Chronicles”, opening at the theater March 2.
His company is also developing a musical Steeplechase”, an original work inspired by Shakespeare’s “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” , and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, the story of R&B legend Lloyd Price, who recorded such hits as “Stagger Lee”, “Personality”, and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”.
With Bonanni's departure the theater will change it operational model "to better serve a changing performing arts market in an environment where there are increasing limits on financial resources," according to the announcement.
"The core strength of the Warner is that its a community thesater-based operation and I think that's where it wants to stay," said Bonanni in a phone interview Friday.
Says Warner Board President Ken Merz: "As the Warner moves back to more traditional programming that has formed the basis of our historical success, a place will be retained in our schedule for these newer works and initiatives."