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In loving memory of Roland Algrant...

During the past few years I had the pleasure to work and become friends with Roland Algrant.  I met him for the first time when I was cast as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun for TriArts at The Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut. Roland was cast in the role of Mr. Wilson.  He was terrific!

We shared an amazing friendship on stage and off.  I also had the opportunity to meet his wonderful wife, Christine, and their children after the show one night when they came backstage to say hello. Every night was a treat to perform with Roland. I thought it would be a one time experience, but luckily I got another chance.

When Michael Berkeley, the Artistic Director of TriArts at The Sharon Playhouse, decided to bring me back the following year to perform my one woman show, I just knew that I had to include Roland.  The following video from the show, titled The French Section: Part II, features him in an apparently impromptu performance. It was one of the most memorable moments on stage for me and I will never forget it. I could tell you all about it, but it's much more fun to watch!

Please take a moment to view it...you won't regret it.

The French Section: Part II (featuring Roland Algrant)

Roland's Obituary (from the NY Times)

ALGRANT--Roland, on December 19, 2007, peacefully, at the age of 79, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Rolly was a distinguished publisher and dedicated human rights activist, a good and gentle man who lived his life according to the noblest precepts, always with charm, grace and a sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Christine, his sons Joseph and Daniel, his daughters-in-law, Lynne and Elise, and his grandchildren Angus, Owen, Isabel and Haley. A memorial service will be held in January 2008. Donations in his memory may be made to the Roland Algrant Fellowship at the Childrens' Rights Division at Human Rights Watch.

View his online memorial Guest Book by clicking here.

More about Roland

Roland Algrant was the senior vice president of HarperCollins International, which is “one of the world's leading English-language publishers” and a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Roland was also a member of Human Rights Watch’s US Advisory Committee and Children’s Rights Advisory Committee, and a former chair of HRW’s Free Expression Project.

Read the memories of another friend of Roland's, Gara LaMarche by clicking here.

Roland also appeared in the film People I Know directed by his son, Daniel Algrant.

 

 

Roland Algrant and Kellie Johnson

Kellie Johnson and Roland Algrant

Roland Algrant and Kellie Johnson