On July 2 the international theater, opera, and film director Peter Brook left our world. At age 97, his death could hardly be considered premature. Yet to generations of theater-makers, his presence felt eternal, as if he had always been present and always would be. His shows, his writings, and his immense curiosity have, like the sun, illuminated the way for all the rest of us, in the theater and beyond, allowing us to see further and more clearly.
Yoshi Oida, an accomplished classical Noh actor who left everything behind in his native Japan to join Mr. Brook’s experimental acting troupe in Paris in 1968, has written on social media, “he went away not bring me (sic)!!! I have no energy to continue to work. I want to follow now.”