This past week, a very young Edmonton actor, Adam Cope, died. A memorial is being held for him on Tuesday.
I first saw him play King Mark, the husband of Isolde, in a brand new production of Tristan and Isolde in March this year, at the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre. He was a fairly big, imposing guy, with ginger hair, and when he discovered Isolde was cheating on him–he got mad. Towards the end, when Isolde told Mark she had to leave to find Tristan, he had a great line: “Tristan? Tristan-who-almost-ruined-our-marriage-THAT Tristan?” The whole show was very good. And I remember thinking then “Wow. He’s really good.”
Just last month, I saw him again in Punctuate! Theatre’s clown show, Vice Re-Versa.
@Theatre_Network @NextfestArtsCo Vice Reversa. Still giggling from seeing it last night. Twisted & hilarious
— Heather Morrow (@theatrejunkiehm) June 17, 2013
And that’s it. I can’t presume to say I knew him. I only saw him onstage twice, he was terrific, and I’ll never get to see him be terrific again. So, so sad.