DC theater community mourns passing of Victor Shargai

He will be remembered as a passionate champion and loyal friend.

Update: February 13, 2020: The Washington theatre community remains in mourning over the loss of Victor Shargai, long-time theatreWashington board chair, theater lover, and philanthropist, who passed away peacefully at home on December 24, 2019.

Co-hosts Rick Hammerly and Felicia Curry with Victor Shargai, founding chair of theatreWashington's board of directors., at the 2019 Helen Hayes Awards. Photo by Mukul Ranjan.
Co-hosts Rick Hammerly and Felicia Curry with Victor Shargai, founding chair of theatreWashington’s board of directors., at the 2019 Helen Hayes Awards. Photo by Mukul Ranjan.

Theatres across the DMV will celebrate Mr. Shargai’s life and his unmatched contributions to our community with a dedicated performance honoring his legacy on Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14, 2020. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend a theatrical production that day, participate in the celebration of Victor’s life, and help us to uphold his commitment to the performing arts in our city.

Participating theatres and productions include:

The Royale at 1st Stage The Snowy Day and Other Stories at Adventure Theatre MTC, The 39 Steps at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, A Thousand Splendid Suns & Mother Road at Arena Stage, The 39 Steps at Constellation Theatre Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Folger Theatre, Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre, Exquisite Agony at GALA Hispanic Theatre, Boy at Keegan Theatre, Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World at Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Miss You Like Hell at Olney Theatre Center, Recent Tragic Events at Prologue Theatre, The Toxic Avenger at Rorschach Theatre, The Amen Corner at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre, Pipeline at Studio Theatre, Phantom of the Opera at Synetic Theater, Bloomsday at Washington Stage Guild, and Shipwreck at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Other companies and institutions not running productions on this date will honor Mr. Shargai in different ways throughout the year.

December 25, 2020: We were saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Shargai. The philanthropist and Helen Hayes Award founding board member passed away yesterday. His loss will be felt by the many theaters and professionals to whom he was a friend, colleague, and supporter.

A community celebration of Shargai’s life is being planned for March 2020. We will share more details as they become known.

TheatreWashington produced this stirring video celebrating the life of Victor Shargai when he was awarded the Helen Hayes tribute in 2014. It is a lovely and fitting way to remember a man who did so much for our community.

Shargai’s Washington Post obituary can be found here.

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