'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Kathleen Van Bergen, Naples Philharmonic CEO, Dan Krause unveils plans for a Southwest Florida edition of Stars & Stripes

NewsMakers: Kathleen Van Bergen, Part 1

Kathleen Van Bergen, Part 1

NewsMakers: Kathleen Van Bergen, Part 2

Kathleen Van Bergen, Part 2

NewsMakers: Dan Krause

Dan Krause, Stars & Stripes

Kathleen Van Bergen, Naples Philharmonic CEO, looks back on her first year at the helm and looks ahead to new programs and community events. Meanwhile, Dan Krause unveils plans for a Southwest Florida edition of Stars & Stripes — the U.S. military overseas newspaper — starting this month in the Daily News.

They are guests on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Video highlights will be available Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:


Kathleen Van Bergen

Lytle: There seems to be a certain element of edginess in some of the theatrical performances that we see locally these days. We see frankly a little bit of nudity with the Naples Players, and there are some other productions that kind of push the envelope, like Mark Danni’s productions at the Community School, and frankly some of yours too.

What does that say? What’s going on there?

Van Bergen: We can feel that changing energy. I think what’s happening theatrically around town is terrific. TheaterZone, Naples Players, Gulfshore Playhouse ... I think we’re really fortunate to have a burgeoning theater scene. And we’ve been, quite frankly, exploring a lot of focus groups and surveys this summer, and there’s a little desire for some edge. So of course we’ll take it casually, comfortably, nothing too pushy, but I think people really do want to explore some of the meaty social topics that are relevant today.


Dan Krause

Lytle: We have quite a community of veterans here, both in Lee and in Collier counties, and even up into Charlotte County.

Krause: Yes, and I think that what the veterans are going to find the local Stars & Stripes edition is going to be a good product to read, they’re going to enjoy it. It’s going to harken back a lot of memories of when they were deployed overseas and read Stars & Stripes.

Stars & Stripes has been continuously published since World War II. And up until now, it’s been an overseas newspaper.

Lytle: Right.

Krause. And so part of our planning has been to expand it into what we call CONUS or the continental U.S., and maintain a footprint here and have a truly worldwide military newspaper.

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