We deeply regret the passing of Bob Pinney, who died at home on Saturday, April 11. Bob was the principal actor at THEATREWORKS for more than two decades, an iconic figure, and a beloved friend. His work and art deepened and broadened with age. As he grew older he came fully into his own on stage, in roles such as Amundson in Terra Nova, Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath, Polonious in Hamlet, the title roles in King Lear and Krapp's Last Tape, Firs in The Cherry Orchard. Bob as Ebenezer Scrooge in a dozen different variations of A Christmas Carol, a role in which he was virtually definitive--there has never been a more squeezing, grasping, wrenching old miser than Bob Pinney, not one who more enjoyed his own misanthropy, and not one so utterly transformed at the end into joy, generosity and the true spirit of Christmas. Bob was admired by his peers for his dignity, his humor, and his passion for his craft. He taught voice and diction at UCCS for many years. Bob was a force. No actor has given so much pleasure to his community for so long, and no actor has left us wth a deeper appreciation for the art of acting. We will not see his like again.
THEATREWORKS will hold a memorial gathering in his memory on Monday, 4 May, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bon Vivant Theater on the UCCS campus. Everyone is welcome. Please note the date is Monday, May 4, and not this coming monday as was announced in the Gazette article this week.
There are some moving tributes here: