Deeply sad news this week of the too-early death of Jan Maxwell. I only worked with her once, back in 2002, when I took over from Nick Woodeson in House and Garden at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
On stage Jan was an elegant, intelligent presence, handling language with poise and precision and impeccable comic timing. Backstage her vocabulary was, what’s the word I want? Vigorous, energetic, vivid, feisty … all of these and more. I specially enjoyed her acerbic wit. She was the most generous of scene partners and a joy to play with.
I say political because as a dedicated artist, Jan worked whenever she could for The Wrestling School, a theatre company which produces the plays of Howard Barker. It was good to see the New York Times acknowledge her work both in an obituary and a feature article.
My own politics are green-of-centre.
I am among those subversives who wants clean energy solutions. In memory of a truly sparkling talent I recommend www.Kiva.org — it’s a way to fund eco-friendly people and projects.
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I’m SO sad about Jan’s passing. We did The Royal Family together, and I adored her. I, too, was pleased to see the feature article. I hope they are dimming the lights on Broadway for her — or already have. If you hear of a memorial, please let me know.
Hope you and Trish are happy & well. We’re all fine here in Jackson Heights. 😊
Hi Hen, Yes, wasn’t she something! I start rehearsals at The Irish Rep next week, so will be in town a lot – maybe lunch once the show is up?
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All well here. Trish and I will co-direct two plays over the summer.
“Max” was a dear friend since our days in college. A true original, and either directing or acting with her was sheer joy.
I thought of you, Dan. I know you were very close. She was a great loss.
I am sorry to hear of this loss. RIP.
Thank you Donnalee
What a beautifully written salute to our exquisite Jan. Bless you and thank you.
She was so deeply beloved by so many. My love, Jenny xoxo
Beloved by so many. Exactly!