Sharon Pigott: A community light

May 16, 2013 

A community light

Kudos for the well-written May 14 article on the death of Haskell Fitz-Simons. It did a good job of capturing the essence of this remarkable man for those who were not lucky enough to know him personally.

My husband and I first volunteered at Raleigh Little Theatre shortly after our marriage in 1988 and have been involved there since. In fairness to the theatre and our fellow volunteers, however, I must point out that RLT has hundreds of active volunteers, not “dozens” as stated in the article.

I have long believed that the Triangle possesses one of the largest and most active community theatre environments in the country. I suspect that this is due, in no small part, to Haskell’s ability to draw people to him and present them with challenging, enjoyable and rewarding experiences.

Theatre is a vibrant collaborative art form that requires passion and commitment for its very existence. Haskell was like the nucleus of an atom, drawing others into his orbit and forming them into a dynamic, functioning unit.

The light of North Carolina’s arts community has dimmed a bit with his passing. He will be missed.

Sharon Pigott


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