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May 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Herbert Blau dies at 87

Photo courtesy of Blau family

Photo courtesy of Blau family

Theater professor captivated studentsI was profoundly touched by the Herbert Blau’s obituary [“Herbert Blau, 87: Impact on U.S. theater was huge,” NWTuesday, May 7].

I was one of the fortunate few who, in the early to mid 1960s, was lucky enough to have had a class under such a great tutor. I took a Shakespeare class from him at San Francisco State College in 1964 or ’65, and was totally awed and converted by a master who made the written word of centuries past come to life.

Hebert Blau captivated his students and wove a web of comedy, tragedy and spirituality far greater than the more conventional preachers of the day. He made the 500-year-old Shakespeare plays immediate and critically significant for a simple city slicker and forever changed my perspective about literature, space and time. I just wanted to thank you for such a fine commemoration of one of the great spirits of our time.

Bob Squaglia, Seattle

Comments | Topics: director, Herbert Blau, obituary

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