Thoughts on the Passing of Robin Williams

Wavestage Theatre Company joins the world in mourning the loss of Robin Williams, the man who changed all our lives in so many wonderful characters and monologues. How we all smiled, laughed and cried when he delivered timeless performances time and time again, defining a generation and changing the entertainment industry for the better.

"Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary." - Dead Poets Society

His movies engaged us and allowed us to emote. He encouraged a reflection of what it means to be human, and conquered the difficult task of balancing comedy and drama. He inspired many people to change their direction and choices. As actors, he taught us that every word matters and that words indeed do make a difference. It is, sadly, often the ones who are gifted in bringing light and love for others who suffer in silence themselves.

"Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself." - Good Will Hunting

In the casting of our production of Peter Pan, I've met a few actors who don't want to be a Pirate because, they are after all, "serious actors". Perhaps to a seasoned Shakespeare trained thespian, the thought of being a pirate seems silly and insignificant. But it's in these type of roles that Robin Williams showed us that every single acting character has the chance to change lives and bring hope.

gal-pirates-8-jpgTo me, Robin will always be the real Peter Pan. He presented this iconic role with an indescribable truth.

"You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars." - August Rush

I hope today, in his honour, you will all go forth and sound out a "barbaric yawp".

Robin made the world laugh and think, often simultaneously. What a gift. We are deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.

"Peter Pan: Jack, Maggie, all you have to do is think one happy thought, and you'll fly like me. Maggie: Mommy. Jack: My dad, Peter Pan." - Hook

- Sarah LangfordArtistic Director