Memories from friends

Feel free to share with Tony’s friends, colleagues and followers your reminiscences of “times with Tony:”

Jan Johnson says:

Beautiful, deep, energetic Tony. He had a knowledge of the stage possessed by very few. His was a singular moment. If you know him, you were lucky. Sympathy to the wonderful Henry.

Laurel Hatfield says:

I have such fond memories of Tony. He saw this young, 20-something aspiring actress and gave me opportunities to play roles I would otherwise have never had. He believed in me more than most. I am forever grateful for his encouragement, direction, talent, and leadership. I truly believe he helped make me the actress I am today, a decade and a half later. Tony was one of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure of knowing and I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with him. The world is a better place because he graced it with his presence.

Laura James says:

Dear Tony, You are sorely missed. Noone will replace the super dynamo you were. Thank you for all you’ve given to the world.

Julie Lanctot says:

I only worked with Tony one time, but I will never forget the experience. He directed the Classical Theatre Lab’s staged reading of “The Guardsman” by Ferenc Molnár. Staged reading is an understatement! He motivated all of us into a more fully-realized production of the play in a very short period of time. Sometimes, I felt like he had more energy than the rest of us combined and he constantly pushed us to do our best work possible. His legacy will continue to inspire others, including myself. My condolences to his family and all his friends.

One reply on “Memories from friends”

Tony was one of my dearest friends in the industry. Though he frequently stated preferring to have me on his stage as a performer, he found my stage management skills (such as they are) so valuable that we usually worked together at least once a year. He loved to find gems to polish with his wisdom and unique charm; not only did I experience this personally, but every one of “his” performers also received a great deal of time and care to make sure that their time on stage was presenting their very BEST to each audience. His impact on my own growth as a performer even exceeded that of my childhood mentor Joshua Logan. His was a towering genius, and I will miss our conversations over a light snack after rehearsals as much as the challenges to my professional growth he invariably presented me. It has taken me nearly a year to bring myself to post something so publicly. I feel his loss keenly.

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