Created By: Al Reis and Jay Anderson
Restored Courtesy Of: Mickey Suggs, 1994
In the early 1960’s Al Reis, owner of Reis Art Gallery and School and Jay Anderson, one of his instructors, created the piece of sculpture that has come to be known as the Harlequin Man.
It was presented to FSLT and stood at the entrance to the theatre building on North “O” Street until it was moved to our present location in 1987. By that time the elements had taken their toll and none of the original stained glass remained.
Over the years the statue had become a symbol of FSLT and one the theatre did not want to give up. One of the FSLT patrons, Louis Robinson, cleaned it, stabilized its frame and repainted it before it was placed in the new lobby.
In 1994, thanks to the generosity of the late Mickey Suggs, the glass was repaired and glass was replaced.
In 2013, the Harlequin Man underwent a facelift sponsored by Paula and Steve Sharum and was then moved to a place of honor as part of our lobby renovation. Positioned on a raised platform in our center window, the colorful Harlequin Man is now prominently displayed for all FSLT patrons to enjoy.