Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ray Liotta — 1954-2022

Ray Liotta was a classmate of mine at the University of Miami in 1973. I was a senior; he was a freshman. He was taking the required class in scenery and set building (where we also drafted running crews for plays), and I was a shop assistant. I was handed a list of props to go get from the warehouse, and Ray was told to go with me. On the drive over to the warehouse, he asked me how to make it in the Drama Department. Being the sage adviser, I said, “Well, try out for every show, and if you don’t get in, make yourself useful backstage.” I guess he took my advice. He was a sweet, funny, and genuinely nice guy, and he did amazing work at the Ring Theatre in a production of “Of Mice and Men,” among other shows, including as one of the Von Trapp kids in “The Sound of Music.”

I hold him in the Light.

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