This past weekend, we celebrated the legacy of one of my greatest mentors and friends, John Haldoupis. It was a magical night that I will cherish for always. Jack, as his friends call him, was the Artistic & Managing Director of Blackfriars for 35 years. It's strange to think that he has only been in my life for 5 years. It feels like 25. I found my artistic legs as an adult under his leadership. He's someone whose opinion I value and trust on and off of the stage. To say I will miss collaborating with him is an understatement. I am thankful he will forever be in my life as a friend and mentor behind the scenes. I am excited for him to pick up his career as an artist. I wrote a post about him in April on my website. You can read more about him here.
The night after the event I posted this on facebook . . .
"Three and a half hours of pure joy. What a special special evening. I'll never forget this night. I love you, Jack."
Here are some photos (provided by Michael Fisher, Nic Minetor and Sharon Vandazande) from rehearsal that day, the show at Xerox Auditorium and the after party at Blackfriars Theatre. Here's to you, Jack!