If you're like me, and you don't watch local TV news, you won't have heard this upsetting story, which I was alerted to by the Helen Hayes Awards folks: Emily Fenichel, an awards judge who was also associated with Venus Theatre, died last night after being hit by a Metrobus in Friendship Heights.
Deborah Randall, of Venus Theatre, said this in a posting on the DC-Theatre Yahoo group:
Emily and I last communicated a few months ago through email where she offered help and abundant encouragement regarding the Venus Play Shack. She said was working for another non-profit called Zero to Three, which she seemed very passionate about. I told her it was a busy time but I'd like to get back to her about it...she said there was no rush we could do it later. ...
It's already been said that acting was her passion. I concur. It's difficult when we lose one of those loving spirits so willing to share and grow. Just praying she did not suffer and certain she left the world a much better place than it was before.
Fenichel was 64, according to news reports. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.