Monday, February 21, 2011

A loss for words

This winter the professional theatre community has lost too many members. It seems that at every turn we hear about another colleague who has passed away. Sandy Speer former Executive Director of Actors Theatre and Bunbury Theatre board consultant passed in January. Sandy's passing was a shock indeed. He, in partnership with Jon Jory and Trish Pugh developed Actors Theatre into a world class company.

Fred Major left this earth mid January. He was a resident member of ATL since the early 1980's and was a gifted artist. He was last seen this past December in A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

This past week we learned of the death of James (Jim McLure). Jim was an outstanding playwright. Last season he came to Louisville to workshop a play he had written for the late Leo Burmester, entitled FATHER AND SON. We were fortunate enough to watch the play develop over a three day period. From our circle of friends, we understand that Beth Henley was at Jim's bedside when he took his last breath. Beth's play CRIMES OF THE HEART will be performed in April.

We're hoping that this is it for awhile! Too many great people passing. They will all be deeply missed.

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