Glynn Bedington: Celebration of a Life

On a Saturday in September, 1984, Paul Bedington went to a series of lectures on the arts. A friend was giving one of the talks, and Paul had nothing else doing that day. Another of the speakers, a woman, got bumped from the morning to the afternoon session. She, Paul, and Paul's friend had lunch.

"When she started talking," says Paul, who sat across the table, "I felt a tremendous connection. A jolt, really. Ten minutes later, I was thinking marriage."

Not long after, she made a similar confession. The jolt was reciprocal. They were married in July, 1985.

"She loved me, and I her," says Paul. "She was the best soul mate any person could hope for."

Glynn Bedington (1949-2011) died on August 26. Among many other talents, she was an inspired director, actor, and behind-the-scenes nurturer of San Diego theater.

She formed Ensemble Arts Theatre, which staged challenging plays, often in small spaces. "The woman took bold steps in whatever she did," says Linda Castro, who played the title role in EAT's Lady Macbeth. "She was ambitious without being harsh, and very earth-friendly and spiritually aware."

As a performer, Glynn appeared on numerous stages. Most recent work includes Becky's New Car at North Coast Rep., and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at 6th@Penn, playing Martha as a grinning scorpion.

A gift behind the gifts: many people say that, like a true teacher, Glynn had a way of making other people grow, not by manipulation but by allowing them to take the initiative. "I never saw or heard her give actors a hardline," says Castro, "and so KIND."

"She trusted her actors," says Linda Libby, who performed in several of Glynn's shows, "because she was trustworthy herself. Grace incarnate. Poise in spades. Passionate, direct, a do-er not caught up in the minutiae of getting big stuff DONE. A class act in every sense of the word."

On Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. Lambs Players hosts "Celebrating a Wonderful Life: Glynn Bedington." The theater is located at 1142 Orange Avenue in Coronado. Paul says "it's open to anyone who knew, was touched by, or is simply moved to attend and celebrate her life."

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It's a wonderful thing, this Blog of Jeffrey Smith's. It has come to my attention that he has taken so many theatres and theater artists under his wing – he's become the spokesperson for San Diego's theatre scene. He is the last remaining arts writer who really ‘knows’ the San Diego community of artists – no one else could do what he's been doing lately. To take note not only of the triumphs and pitfalls of the stage shows, but also to put a word in for the theatres and the individual artists, as well as the community concerns at large. There is no one (that I can think of) still writing for the theatre in San Diego, who has been with the theatre community for so long and has been able to delve beneath the surface of that community without jeopardizing his arm’s-length status as a critic. Thanks for this beautiful nod to Glynn Beddington.

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