Thursday, June 21, 2007

In Memoriam: Martha Hill Newell

Martha Hill Newell
July 26, 1921 – June 6, 2007

I am without words right now, other than to share the reflection that I read at Martha's memorial service on June 9, 2007. Martha was the best friend I have ever known. Her love for the theatre and the actors, playwrights and directors that brought it to life were her heroes. It seems almost grotesque to write so little for someone who meant so much, but my heart is so broken right now that I hope you will accept this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson as my token to the bawdiest, bravest broad I've ever known.
Her best friend,
Dawn Westbrook-Boyd

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
Easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Joke's On You
A tribute to the memory of playwright Martha Hill Newell.
7-8 p.m., July 9, Barksdale Theatre, Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive.
Not for children.
Directed and hosted by Dawn Westbrook.
Info: (804) 310-5907 or

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