The Folger Theatre's advisory board passed a resolution Thursday endorsing the new plan to make the theater financially independent of the Folger Shakespeare Library in two years. Several theater supporters who testified at Rep. Mary Rose Oakar's (D-Ohio) hearing last week, including former library director O.B. Hardison and Folger Audience committee member Wolf Von Eckhardt, questioned the plan. Hardison said the library would lose a valuable resource in not having the theater as part of its activities, and Von Eckhardt worried about the financial implications.
A fund has been set up to match an anonymous $100,000 gift to the theater ($50,000 for next season and $50,000 for the one after). It must be a 3-to-1 match, and only "new money" counts. Checks can be sent to Folger Library Theatre Fund, National Capital Bank of Washington, 316 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003.
Footnote: It was clear at last week's hearing that library director Werner Gundersheimer is a newcomer to Washington ways. He was the only witness who failed to bring copies of his statement ready for distribution. Members of the press and congressional aides were actually forced to take notes . . .
The New Playwrights' Theatre, Washington's other embattled playhouse, is having a benefit wine tasting and auction next Monday, sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. Tickets are $30. Call 387-5312 . . .
Horizons is having a benefit performance of its play "Women's Work" March 25 to raise money to take the show to New York's Manhattan Theatre Club, where it is slated to perform April 1. Call 342-7706 . . .