In Memoriam

Honoring the rich membership history of Theatre Artists Workshop

Muriel Nussbaum
Ron Parady
Ken Parker
Lee Richardson
David Rogers
Doug Scott
Brett Somers

Haila Stoddard

Martin West

August 28, 1937 - December 31, 2019

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean--

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down --

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?


                                             - Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Shirley Knight

July 5th, 1936 - April 22, 2020