A TRIBUTE TO SAMMY
To those of us who have known him since he was a boy, he’ll always be Sammy. The name says it all: playful, impish, eternally youthful. He walks in the room and you’re instantly in a better place. Full of talent and full of life, he makes you laugh because he’s clever, but he makes you care because he’s good.
Sammy’s onstage work, like his work on the big and small screens, exhibited the Lloyd family gift for grounding eccentricity in humanity. The diverse roles he created, from the main stage to the Cabaret, were unforgettable and undeniable. Often, he brought to life a whole world of characters in one play like The Mystery of Irma Vep or The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, even all on his own in Fully Committed. He never lost his theatre muscles while doing TV and film, and as he matured as a person, he matured as an artist, bringing a subtle ease and gravitas to a jukebox musical like Mamma Mia!.
In the last few years, he cared for and buried his aging parents, married an extraordinary woman, and fathered a beautiful son named for the place that would always be his home. He was writing and developing a musical with his dearest friends. And he fought a progressive illness with unimaginable strength and positivity. The best to walk this earth teach us both how to live and how to die. All too soon, but oh so fully, Sammy, our dear Sammy, did that in spades.
–Steve Stettler & Tim Fort, Founding Artistic Directors
“Sammy was the embodiment of a childlike spirit. Mischievous, wildly funny, always full of awe and wonder – and incredibly kind. When we were together during the summers in Weston, it wouldn’t take long for us to revert to our 12 year old selves and start causing some (mild) trouble around town.
No one made us laugh harder. He had been through so much the past few years…losing his dad, then his mom, and then dealing with this awful cancer. He handled it all with so much grace. Then, in the middle of all that…finding the love of his life and having a beautiful baby boy. Losing him is just devastating for all of us who knew and loved him.”
-David Bonanno, on behalf of all the Weston artists whose lives Sam touched.
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