A generous thespian


To the Editor:

The Vineyard Playhouse is dark. Eileen Wilson’s passing leaves a large hole in theater on Martha’s Vineyard. But her legacy lives on in all those who knew and worked with her.I began my apprenticeship with Eileen at the Playhouse in the early 90s as her assistant stage manager for “Harvey.” I remember thinking — how did she get so good at comedic timing? Little did I know of her vast experience before buying the Playhouse.A few years later, she came to see my production of Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre.” Afterwards, she kindly offered notes and mentioned that she had been assistant director for the Off-Broadway premier.When she left the Vineyard Playhouse in 1997, she and I and a few others began a new theater group, “Island Actors Company.” We produced several successful shows including “A Summer Celebration.” In The Martha’s Vineyard Times’ review of Eileen’s work, E. St. John Villard writes “The most polished performances in the evening were created by the multi-talented Eileen Wilson… As the vicar’s wife in “Bed Among the Lentils,” by Alan Bennett, Wilson was a perfect combination of sarcasm and sadness… Her wonderful sense of timing and beautiful diction made sure that Bennett’s wry observation’s came through….”I left the Island, in our new company’s infancy, to be with my future husband.Eileen was a “generous” thespian who always worked so hard for the good of the show.

I’m sorry the show goes on without you, my friend. You will be dearly missed.

Genevieve Hart Abbot
Oak Bluffs