By MARGIE BOULÉ
Portland actor David Sargent, known for his humorous and intelligent performances in Portland-area theater productions, ended his life on November 17, 2015. His ebullient personality, intelligent conversation and witty backstage trivia games will be missed by everyone who knew and worked with him.
A memorial to celebrate David’s life will be held Monday evening, December 7 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego. Doors will open at 6:30, memorial begins at 7. Everyone is welcome.
A native Californian, David moved to Portland five years ago to attempt a career in theater. His goal was to do a production in every theater in the city. He performed in “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “Mame,” “The Kiss,” “Looped,” “Mr. President,” “Superman,” “White Christmas,” and many other shows, adding his spot-on comedic timing and emotional connection to every role.
I worked with David in a dramatic play, “Looped,” at Triangle Productions in September of this year. It was essentially a two-person play, and David said it was the largest role he’d ever played. It was emotional, dramatic, and difficult, and David was amazing. The two of us, onstage for two hours, had to really rely on one another and he was rock-solid, always there when I needed support. Every night at curtain call we would look at each other and whisper “thank you.”
I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around his death. As far as I could see in our months of rehearsal and month of performance, David loved his life and was looking forward to performing in the musical “Shrek” this month. David loved word games and trivia. He used to devise photo, video and word trivia quizzes for the cast backstage at productions he was in. He was good company, and a true professional, often memorizing all his lines before the first rehearsal of any show. I hope anyone who worked with David or enjoyed him on stage will join us at his memorial.
WHAT: David Sargent memorial
WHEN: 7 pm Monday, December 7
WHERE: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
A reception will be held after the memorial, with a microphone for anyone who wants to share memories of David.