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Stratford Mourns the passing of Richard Monette

http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/about/richardmonette.cfm

September 10, 2008 ... It is with profound sadness that the Stratford Shakespeare Festival announces the death last night of Richard Monette, the longest-serving artistic director in its history. Mr. Monette, whose tenure lasted for 14 seasons, from 1994 to 2007, died of a pulmonary embolus in hospital in London, Ontario. He was 64 years old.
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When I was seven, my mother and I attended a Michigan members' function in suburban Detroit, where Richard Monette told me that I looked like "a little Alice in Wonderland." Fifteen years later, I am working in theatre, and I attribute my decision to pursue this career to all the time I spent in Stratford during Richard's tenure. He was artistic director for all but three of the seasons I have attended, and I will always remember the many excellent productions - as well as the incredibly warm, welcoming atmosphere - that graced the festival during his time there. His Stratford was my Stratford, my paradise, my favourite place on Earth. I am not sure the festival will ever again find that unique quality that it had under his leadership. He will be deeply, sorely missed.

A thousand thanks, Richard.