From the East West Players website (www.eastwestplayers.org/enews.htm) regarding the passing of one of the founders, Mako (the h was taken out of his widow's name because the system censored it):
Dear EWP Supporters, Colleagues, Artists,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you on the passing of Mako, founding artistic director of East West Players, a passionate activist advocating more opportunities for Asian Pacific artists, and a consummate artist himself having been nominated for both an Academy and Tony Award for his performances on screen and stage respectively.
Our hearts go out to his family, wife Sizuko Hoshi, daughters Sala and Mimosa, and sister Momo.
We are respecting the family's request for privacy; the family has stated that there will be no funeral or memorial services; however, if you would like to send words of sympathy, there is a PO Box to which you may send a card. You may also send a card through EWP’s address and we will forward it on to the family as well.
Mail can be sent to:
The Iwamatsu Family
PO Box 633
Somis, CA 93066
Or you may send cards to EWP c/o the Iwamatsu Family
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Many of you have asked that a memorial or tribute of some kind be held for Mako but in keeping with respecting the family wishes there will not be an organized gathering. Instead, perhaps a gathering of friends from East West Players for dinner or drinks may be a great idea to talk about Mako and the great times at East West Players. EWP is 40 years old and has grown into a huge collection of artists (in the thousands) that span generations who live in various locations (around the country and the world) and there are many others who participate on many different levels (that includes season subscribers, donors, community organizations and business associates in addition to artists). We can all pay tribute to Mako in our own way.
Mako’s last public appearance for East West Players was at our 40th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction where he presented the Rae Creevey Award to Emily Kuroda and Alberto Isaac. We are so grateful that he could spend time with us in celebrating a milestone anniversary.
We are certainly grateful for all that Mako did for Asian American artists and Asian American theatre. Our lives may certainly have been different without a place called East West Players and without the passion of our Asian American artistic pioneers like Mako.
Producing Artistic Director