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In Memoriam: Peter Wright, IATSE Flyman

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • November 16, 2020

On Thursday, November 12, IATSE Stagehand, Peter Wright lost his life after a fall from height while working at the Winter Garden Theatre. The 54-year-old Wright fell from a scaffold alongside the stage around 8:45 a.m. while performing routine maintenance, the police said. Emergency medical services transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We at Stage Directions send our sincere condolences to Wright’s family, friends, and theater colleagues.

Bill Evans, a spokesman for the Shubert Organization on Wright, “We mourn the loss of our valued colleague,” he said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family during this difficult time.”

Wright was a long-time Flyman at the August Wilson Theatre. Jujamcyn Theaters released the following statement regarding Wright:
On Thursday, we received tragic news about the death of one of our own: Pete Wright, long-time August Wilson Theatre Flyman. We are all devastated by the news and mourn this immense loss alongside Pete’s family, his work family, and his union family.

Since all of our marquees have been dimmed during the shutdown, we will illuminate the marquee at the August Wilson Theatre this weekend to remember and honor Pete, who brought such light into that theatre year after year. Pete is survived by his wife Marcie, who he worked with at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre over 20 years ago, and their two sons.

James J. Claffey Jr., President of Local One IATSE released the following statement, honoring Wright:

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
As most of you know, our membership recently lost one of its finest, Brother Peter Wright, in a tragic accident this past Thursday at the Winter Garden Theater. Our Union is in its darkest days with his passing and the grief for many is unbearable. Our brothers and sisters of Local One all offer our deepest prayers and sincerest condolences to Peter’s wife Marcie, their sons Ken and Matt, and the entire Wright family during this extremely difficult time.

I urge all our members who were fortunate enough to know Peter, to remember him most for how he lived, rather than how he passed. Your life was truly enriched if you were Peter’s friend, and you knew firsthand of his warmth and his infectious smile. Peter Wright had a work ethic that was nothing short of exemplary, was extremely talented and skilled in his craft, and he was one of the finest riggers/flyman in our industry. Peter was loved and respected by so many of his Union brothers and sisters, as well as the employers he proudly served. This, his love, and his caring for his family, plus so much more is what our Union family will always remember about Brother Peter Wright.

We grieve together now as a Union and we make sure Peter’s family is well provided for. Our membership needs to also offer our love and support to our members who worked at the theater that day, because they are all greatly suffering now. I offer a respectful plea, that any Local One member who is having trouble coping with all that is happening now, to please contact the Actors Fund directly, at (212) 221-7300 or contact Secretary Bob Score, myself or any Union officer about seeking and receiving appropriate counseling.

Those who need help, “must get help”.

Offer your love and support to each other Local One, and may god bless our dear brother Peter and his family.

Very truly yours,

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Wright’s family:


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