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It is not clear from Tessa Malloy’s letter (The Mail, 5/17) what qualifications she possesses, or even what criteria she uses, to assess the merits of Catherine Flye’s work with Interact Theatre Company. If hers is merely the judgment of a layperson outside the industry, so be it. She is certainly entitled to her opinion.

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I, on the other hand, have worked in the motion picture, television, and theatrical industries in the U.S. and abroad for the past 23 years. I have also had the pleasure to have worked with Catie on Interact’s last three productions—As You Like It, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Private Lives. Needless to say, I have firsthand knowledge of Catie’s expertise as a director and her talent as an actress. Therefore, I feel particularly qualified to offer an opinion of my own about her work with Interact.

My dealings with Catie have always been graced with a level of creativity, wisdom, and professional courtesy I have found to be rare both inside and outside the Beltway. Add to that a generosity of kindness and a spirit of youthful and open-minded playfulness, and you begin to discover the true measure of this classy and classic Lady.

Malloy’s attack is the latest example of a disturbing, belligerently negative attitude making its way through the local theater industry. I am sure that the true professionals in our community of artists know that it serves no purpose to inject mean-spirited energy into the mix. I am equally sure that my fellow artists realize we can achieve the greatest success by putting aside our feelings and working together to help each other realize individual ambitions.

Chevy Chase