ISC Ensemble Member
I know it's been said many times, but I cannot think of a more apt description of Tom LaBonge than "a force of nature.'" Because nature was such an integral part of his love of LA.
He grew up and spent his life near Griffith Park, hiking it almost daily, so is it any surprise that he loved coming to the park to see ISC play and revel in the Old Zoo's natural amphitheatre?
I loved it when Tom would show up at the park on the night of a performance, stopping to say hi to David and Melissa and the cast and crew and to shake hands with audience members. His gregariousness non stop, his energy unflagging.
How perfect that ISC was there performing Shakespeare (who wrote so eloquently about nature), outdoors in Tom's beloved Griffith Park, to thousands of Angelenos who flocked there to be entertained in such beautiful natural surroundings. That forged our bond with him.
He will be greatly missed.
Rest in Paradise, Tom. I'll bet it looks a lot like Griffith Park.
And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1