We who were lucky enough to study with the great playwright and teacher felt challenged, inspired, and above all seen.
His road to Broadway was paved with talent, chutzpah, and collaboration.
A quiet fixture of L.A.’s theatre scene, Ong wrote a wide variety of plays and showed up to support even more.
Recollections of the master comic playwright from his longtime publicist and 2 actors who originated roles in his work.
He was a master stage craftsman in both classics and new work, and a gracious collaborator to boot.
His colleagues remember the Tectonic actor and company member as the best among us.
In just a dozen years, the performer-turned-director/choreographer’s creativity and leadership made a profound impact on Chicago and beyond.
A designer who continually remade the Performing Garage and the Wilma, he was also a ready teacher, mentor, and problem-solver.
He didn’t set out to write shows any more than I did, but when the music and the theatre called, we followed.
Remembering a tireless and unflinching performer who could go anywhere and take us with her.