"Measure in Love": Members of the Theatre Community Reflect at Thanksgiving; Words from Elaine Stritch, Jordan Roth, Lynn Ahrens, Lindsay Mendez and More

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28 Nov 2013

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Actor Jeremy Hays, The Phantom of the Opera:
My career in acting has given me such a large extended family. I've become so close to so many people over the years. I'm thankful for all the wonderful relationships the theatre has given me the opportunity to enjoy.

Actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, A Little Night Music:
I'm thankful to be in the heart of the city that I have always dreamt of living in. I've traveled to seven different states this year and nowhere makes me as happy as the people and the energy of New York. I'm thankful for my friends and mentors here that inspire me daily to be a better human and a better artist and that this career allows me to meet and commune with so many people from so many different walks of life. Psalm 100.

Actress Marin Ireland, Marie Antoinette:
I'm thankful that I get to dress up and play make believe for a living. I'm thankful for the behind the scenes gladiators – stage managers, dressers, run crew, everyone who takes care of us actors – they see us at our worst and continue to give us their best. I'm thankful for the loyalty of this community. I'm not religious, but I definitely put my faith in that.

Craig Jacobs, production stage manager, The Phantom of the Opera:
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Actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Family Furniture:
The thing I'm most thankful for in both my personal and professional lives are one and the same – my family. It's a lucky fact that's never lost on me. Having a shared passion with your siblings is wonderful in and of itself, but the fact that this community has embraced all of us is something truly special. I'm so proud of the work that Maggie, Celia and John have done in the theatre this year and I'm really looking forward to spending Thanksgiving dinner around the table with them.

Actress Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie:
I'm so grateful to have a job (The Glass Menagerie) that was a joy to rehearse, a thrill to perform, and that we created a production that people seem to genuinely love. And I'm grateful to be old enough to recognize that when an experience like this comes along you can't take it for granted.

Tammy Kopko, dresser at Cinderella:
Over the holidays we often have to say, "I can't come home because we have a show." That can wear you down. Then you have your second family... your theatre family. The way we take care of each other, it's amazing. That's what I'm thankful for.


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