A fond farewell to a member of our family.

One of the reasons that I love the theater is that no matter where you do it, in high school, your community, or on Broadway, it’s a tight-knit family.

Yesterday, we lost a member of that family.

Broadway Producer Randall Wreghitt, who was responsible for shows like Beauty Queen of Leenane, Little Women, and many more, passed away at the early age of 55 yesterday morning.

I worked with Randall just once, during the early stages of development of Little Women.  But I saw him at industry events all the time, and he was always there to greet you with one of the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen.  And he put that smile to good use, getting support for some truly adventurous theater, and getting a lot of friends in the process.

He was even smiling the last time I saw him, when he told me he was still recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning.  He didn’t want to dwell on that, though, and went on to talk about the shows he had on his roster for the coming season.

Randall, our family will not be the same without you.  But we’ll try to do you proud.

Please take a moment today to make sure your Carbon Monoxide detector is working.  If you don’t have one, get one now.   It’s one of those, “It can never happen to me” type things, and then it happens to a member of your family.

 

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