We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of company member Reginald Vaughn. He was a brave actor, a kind person, and our dear friend. We will not forget his smile, his gentle humor, or his warm presence. As we reflect on our time with him, we would like to share some of his last words to us recorded as a Q and A used to introduce audiences to our company. We know his bright personality shines through his responses and we wanted to share it with all of you. For those of you who knew him, this is another example of his passion, his humor, and his zest for life. Whether you had not met Reggie, only seen him on stage, or if you had the honor, as we did, of being his friend, please enjoy.
Q: What is a dream role of yours?
Reginald (Reggie): “My dream role has unbelievably been fulfilled. It is playing Othello…. However, are y’all ready for this?! I would love to tackle the role again several years down the role. I feel with even more understanding of the language and a lil more maturity under my belt I could bring a new essence to him.”
Q: What is your favorite play you've read, and why?
Reginald (Reggie): “Favorite play I've read. Wowzers. I'm gonna go The Dutchman by Amir Baraka. How the relationship between the two characters moves and twists that ultimately leads to a twisted and deflating ending. A hidden gem if I do say so myself.”
Q: What is your favorite play you've ever seen live?
Reginald (Reggie): “My favorite show I've ever seen was actually at a collegiate-level competition in Milwaukee. The play, Tony Kushner's Angels in America! The powerful acting. The gripping story. The wonderful directing. All made this one electric production that received one of the most well deserved tumultuous ovations ever!”
Invictus is honored to have worked with Reggie so closely over the years. As a founding member, his passion and joy for theater fed the fire shared within us all. As we move forward, his memory will live on in our hearts and in the works of Invictus.
“Good night sweet prince,
and flights of angels sing thee to thine rest.”
Act V, Scene II