According to The Washington Post, about 100 people from Washington's theatre community and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, where he was photo archivist, met on Jan. 29 to celebrate his life and career. Mr. Stancari was 63. Mr. Stancari has worked with such diverse companies as New York City Opera, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Peabody School of Music in Baltimore, Woolly Mammoth and Theatre J. He was an artistic associate at Signature Theatre, and has been nominated numerous times for a Helen Hayes Award. He received the award for Outstanding Set Design for Signature's Sweeney Todd.
For Signature, in Arlington, VA, he also designed sets for The Rink; Assassins; Cabaret; Four Dogs and a Bone; A Little Night Music; Working; Shooting in Madrid; Over & Over; Never the Sinner; and Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.
Signature artistic director Eric Schaeffer said in a statement, "Lou Stancari was a terrific spirit and very funny man who created amazing designs — he could make something beautiful out of almost nothing. Some of the most memorable designs in Signature's Garage space were Lou's — he did amazing work, and we will miss him terribly."