A theater community really is a “community.” Even if you aren’t close personal friends with everyone who’s ever done a show, if you’ve been around long enough, you get to know people — by reputation, by seeing them in a show, by acting alongside them … and that applies to actors, directors, technicians — and even theater critics.
So, as anyone who was Facebook friends with Charles Ryan Roach — and judging by the news feeds over the weekend, that’s a lot of people — know, Ryan passed away suddenly on Saturday. He was 44.
The first indication something was wrong was last Thursday, when Ryan called his dear friend (and frequent co-star) Chris Robinson to saying he wasn’t feeling well and was headed to an urgent care facility. After some testing, it was determined Ryan’s blood pressure was dangerously high. He was checked into a hospital in Fort Worth.