Priscilla Lindsay came to Indianapolis when the IRT was a mere three years old and she was a twenty-something delighting us in ingénue roles. Thirty-five years later, we are at a farewell party overflowing with people speaking of how and why their lives have been touched by Priscilla’s evolving artistry and commenting on the good sense of IRT’s boards of directors over the years appreciating and nurturing Priscilla’s symbiotic relationship with IRT’s growth.
We poured our collective sadness for her leaving and good wishes for her going into memory books. We underscored Janet Allen’s thumbnail summary: “Priscilla’s contributions to professional theater in Indiana are inestimable: from her ingenue roles, played in the earliest years of the IRT, to her 10-year run directing IRT’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, to her inspiring work as a theatre educator, to her acting virtuosity in recent years in such roles as Linda Loman (Death of a Salesman), Amanda Wingfield (Glass Menagerie) and the unforgettable Shirley Valentine (which she did twice!), Priscilla’s momentous talent, authentic spirit, and generous heart have thrilled audiences young and old.”
“But this is only half of it,” observed Susie Cross, whose multiple roles with the IRT and throughout the community have intersected with Priscilla’s. “She made a home here, raised a family, volunteered at church, became a friend.”
And that indeed is what is extraordinary.
One could walk over to the always warm and welcoming homes in which she and Richard raised their now three adult children, and be neighborly. No airs, no posturing, just something freshly baked being shared with a cup of tea. No matter that Priscilla was covered over with this or that. She took time to be genuine.
Happily, a part of Indianapolis travels to Ann Arbor, where Priscilla’s career began as a student in the department she now heads. It’s a nice circle. Well done, Priscilla. Come back when you can. And expect us to still drop by when we’re in the neighborhood.