As we mentioned in May, the SL Shakespeare sims were being threatened with closure for financial reasons. This weekend, Ms. Ina Centaur, creator of the SL Shakespeare Company in Second Life, sends along the sad news that her four-sim space is going to be definitely closed because they can not continue to pay their tier fees on around October 29.
There’s always the mystery and the hope that what we do here would reach out and change the lives of our audience – whomever they are, whether rich and famous or a moviestar or just yourself. For a while, we held onto the odd notion that the creations in Second Life might get to live on beyond its usual time. It’s a childlike wish best summarized by the parable from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web – it’s hope that Wilbur the Pig might survive, as the world sees its wonder and magic via the brilliance of one small spider’s web.
But, all things come to an end, and it’s only in fairy tales that one small spider like Charlotte could manage to convey her message and save Wilbur before her death. In Second Life, our ventures have survived many passings – from patrons to founders to prospective actors. But, we simply do not have the significant reach to be saved.
Read Ina's sad full message and breakdown of the situation here. And then head to this teleport link to see the sims one last time before they fade into the ether. Ah, Second Life, you used to be "such stuff as dreams are made on"....