Here is the text of remarks made by Barbara Weinberger about her husband Kurt Kleinmann after his final performance as Harry Hunsacker on August 7, 2016.
“The day has finally arrived. Today marks a milestone in Dallas theatre history. Today, after 30 years of performing the role of Harry Hunsacker in Pegasus Theatre’s Living Black & White™ shows, Kurt Kleinmann steps aside and turns the role over to Scott Nixon, his understudy for the past three years.
It seems only fitting that we take a moment to acknowledge Kurt’s many accomplishments:
- The only elected President of the Dallas Theatre League and elected to that role for five years in a row
- Winner of multiple Leon Rabin awards
- Winner of the Ken Bryant Vision award
- Author of over 20 produced plays, including 17 in Living Black & White™, several Coarse Acting shows, and two original musicals
- Co-producer of a show presented Off-Broadway in New York.
Obviously, Kurt is very talented and accomplished. But he is so much more. He is a loyal friend, a fair-minded leader, and the most loving husband I could ever dream of having. He inspires loyalty in those with whom he works, and as a result, we are continually blessed to work with some of the most talented actors in the metroplex. Kurt’s work has impacted the lives of literally thousands of people over the years. He’s made them laugh, he’s made them cry, and as a result, we have multi-generational families who make up a large percentage of our audience.
And through it all, Kurt has remained Kurt, a modest man with a big dream: to enrich the lives of those around him and leave them better off for having known him. I think you’ll agree he has realized his dream.
So please join me in thanking Kurt for all he has given us and for all he will continue to give as he runs Pegasus Theatre, writes new plays, and perhaps performs in some. Join me in thanking a truly remarkable man, my husband Kurt Kleinmann.