We are sitting together and crying. The tears won’t stop. But they are full of so much. How do we write this? How do we write about a man who we loved with every speckle of our being, and who was giving enough to love us back? How could one beautiful human soul make us feel so special? How did you do that not only for us, but for so many people? Where did you find the time and energy and love to give so much to so many? Your soul was so gentle but your impact was of giant proportions.
We wouldn't be us without you. Without your advice, your feedback, your honesty. One of the main reasons we keep going is because of you. When the going got tough, you always reminded us why the tough was worth going. The fact that you told us early on about how much you loved Mump and Smoot made us feel like clowns matter. In fact, you made us feel all the time like theatre was actually something that matters and has an impact on the world, and that it is worth doing. You always came (to every single show we ever did, ever. Even the first ones. When no one else came. When we had no idea what we were doing...maybe we still don’t...) and supported us, and pushed us, and filled us up with hope, and encouragement, and thought, and motivation. You reminded us of the power and importance of opening one's heart to the world, because you opened yours to us. You cared. You truly truly cared. And made it feel safe to care ourselves.
You also gracefully told us to take a break every now and then and enjoy the sweet things in life.
From the amazing quiche that you raved about and said we must try, because it was the best in the city, to photos and stories from your trips around the world. We knew that if you recommended it, whatever it was would be a treat because it would be full of love.
You were a friend and a teammate. Whenever we wrote a show we would think “What will Jon think of this?” Not because we were afraid of your criticism but because we were excited to share it with you. Like, on the nights that we knew you were in the audience we got a tickle of delight in our bellies because we got to make you laugh and smile... and oh what a glorious smile.
You were magical Jon Kaplan. Truly magical.
Thank you for giving yourself to us, to clown, to theatre, to art, to the world. There is a big void in it today, but we will make it our life’s mission to keep filling it with love and light and truth in honour of you. And so we will keep smiling through our tears because we feel unbelievably lucky that we got to be a part of your world, filled with sunshine.
Love Morro and Jasp
(and their crew Heather, Amy and Byron)