A Stages Icon Passes

11 Apr
The Blue Beast

It's so hard to say goodbye

Anyone who has worked or spent time at Stages is probably familiar with this beautiful blue beast, which for at least 15 years has served as the repository of staff lunches, event leftovers, actors’ forgotten takeout meals, and a vintage jar of orange marmalade. Stages lore has it that the refrigerator was donated to the theatre by astronaut John Glenn himself, and it must have been quite a marvel in its day, with early examples of ice maker and water dispenser, a strange small pass-through door (for those times when it’s just too difficult to open the entire door) and a wealth of removable bins and compartments.

Early this morning, Stages staffer Mitchell Greco opened the refrigerator as usual, only to discover that its once-icy majestic bulk felt….WARM. The freezer, likewise. And so today we say goodbye to this Stages icon, who has served so faithfully for so long. Farewell, old friend. In the words of John Glenn, it’s been a great ride!

3 Responses to “A Stages Icon Passes”

  1. Don April 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    John Glenn? I thought it was Alan Bean. But an era has clearly passed. That cold box supported many many good aprties.

  2. stages patron April 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    So sad… I just gave one away like that, though black. It was working fine! I would have loved for you to have it!

    • lkbohn April 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Oh, I’m so sad we missed that! Yep, we’re still in mourning for our blue beauty… 🙂

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