The marvelous Ike Schambelan, founder and Artistic Director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers, who commissioned me to write short plays for actors with disabilities, who showed me kindness, who encouraged me, who opened my mind to diverse casting, who fought fiercely for casting equality, who provided opportunities for hundred of actors, both able bodied and disabled, who emailed me on my birthday, who was battling cancer when he did so but thought of me anyways,  passed away Thursday. Heaven just got a new programmer of the best short play festival Heaven did ever see. I’ll envision plays happening on clouds, and Ike in the back of the cloud-theater, nodding, smiling, fierce and humble and proud.

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