The reeling continues – loss upon loss – in our community. Our Associate Technical Director, Shane Wallis, died in a motorcycle accident late Thursday night in Maryland. On December 14 on his Facebook profile status line, Shane wrote “Shane has a pinch of sadness, a dash of anxiety, a sprinkle of worry, and a whole heap of faith in the future.” That sums up this sensitive, gung-ho, introspective, charming, dependable, friendly soul–an actor, a carpenter, a dad, a friend, a musician, a jack of all trades, a teacher, a dreamer. How well did we each know him? All of us differently, and still probably in the same way; catching bits of him on the fly, at home, at work, on the go.
I found out at 1 AM this morning. So many of his friends in this community found out earlier, and knew him better. But I so valued our unspoken connection. It’s been an unspeakably painful week — burying Bob Prosky and losing Leonard Borovay (our Projection Designer Zak Borovay’s dad) the same day, heart attacks and financial wipe-outs and shiva calls for Council member fathers, husbands… Let us down easy.
On his last Facebook posting, written the day I saw him last, December 16, Shane wrote, “Shane is blessed.”
Rest easy, Shane.
THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SHANE THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 7 PM
AT THEATER J
in the Washington DCJCC’s Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater
1529 16th Street, NW (Metro: Red Line to DuPont Circle – walk 4 blocks to 16th & Q)
Parking at 1616 P Street (between 16th & 17th) – $4 with validation at DCJCC front desk