Tonight I raise my glass to the memory of Jonathon Robinson. He passed away on July 25 after a heroic battle with melanoma.
I met Jonathon 23 years ago when we were cast in the Shakespearean troupe for the PA Renaissance Faire. We were both such kids and were as different as night and day, but somehow I had the good fortune to become his friend. He had a razor sharp wit and wicked sense of humor. He was also stunningly beautiful.
I thought of Jonathon a lot with my most recent role of Pat the Park Ranger in "Sasquatched! The Musical," a larger than life character bedecked in bulky men's clothes with a really passionate take on life. I think he would've loved it!
He also directed me in Poe Evermore, and played a devious version of Nathaniel Hawthorne (below on the farleft). I can still remember sharing the stage with him in a darkly erotic version of The Raven. Man, he was brilliant!
He was such a great actor, director, and friend. When I had a rough time with something, he'd give me a big hug and offer his best counsel. He seemed to live his dreams and had a great penchant for encouraging others to do the same thing He was such a great man, and I can't believe he's gone. I hope he's free and at peace and is having a great time in that big party in the sky.