After five years as artistic director of the
The company will honor Fogle at party at
"John brought an amazing energy," said
Fogle has brought 23 plays to life in the company's cozy theater on
"I produce every show," he said. "I'm the guy who pulls the team together and does the running around. It isn't glamorous, but it has to be done.
"I have set-designed probably six or eight of them, and I've done the sound for most of them. I've directed 16 of the 23, and I have acted in one."
The company had staged shows in 10 different venues after their founding in 2002, before Fogle and LaParl moved them in 2009 to their current home, which was previously occupied by the
While the theater seats only 50, Fogle sees that constraint as a blessing in disguise.
"Limitations actually inspire creativity," he said. "Limitations of finances, as well as space and resources, force you into a mode of being very creative and finding out ways to do things. We do these shows on minuscule budgets, but they don't look and feel it."
Besides, Fogle believes that the effectiveness of theater lies as much in what it leaves out as in what it provides to an audience.
"When you go to a movie, you get everything, and it just washes over you," Fogle said last year while directing
Fogle came to this realization in the mid-1970s, when he was making sports information films and also working at the Orson Welles Cinema in
"One night, I'm watching
"I sat up like a rocket and said, 'That's exactly right; they're dead.' That's when I decided to get out of movies and into theater, which is always living and breathing."
Fogle appeared as an actor with several companies in
He has done 87 full productions since then -- not counting his work as a drama coach at
He also led several seasons at the former
"People still remember the
The period right after the financial meltdown of 2008, when he and LaParl moved the
"We went from three main stage shows to five per season," LaParl said. "Our audiences grew from roughly 1,200 per year to close to 2,500."
Fogle said he decided to leave
"I couldn't answer that question," he said. "What I said was, I'm growing a little bored with myself. It's time for the theater to have a change of air and fresh energy."
But he isn't leaving the stage completely and plans to audition for plays and commercials after recently shooting an ad for
"I feel very vigorous, so it's not a matter of being tired," he said. "About every five to seven years, I reinvent my life. It's very common for me to say, 'It's time for me to go.'"
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