Why it's so hard to say goodbye to Ted.

You know, I don't know why I've been hesitating to write something up here about Ted leaving us after tonight's show.  I think that it's because if I put it down on paper and on-screen, then it becomes real.

Ted is a fantastic man.  And I'm not just saying that because it's his final show.  We've had poets come and go since we opened up shop in 1999.  But we always mark it when someone remarkable leaves us and Ted is remarkable.

When he first started showing up back in 2014, while we were at UD still, you could tell that there was something completely different about him.  Aside from the fact that he's pretty...yes, none of us are denying that one, Ted is a gorgeous man.  But his inner beauty matches and far exceeds that beauty.  Ted is a caring, dedicated, and ambitious person and we certainly wouldn't be where we are today, as a show, without him.  He's also a very talented writer and he leaves he emotions all over the stage with every performance!

I would say that both he and Shon have definitely taught me the importance of having other people involved behind and in front of the scenes and I think that you've enjoyed him just as much as I have enjoyed having him here.

So a little piece of us goes away tonight and I hope like so many others, he continues to shine and create, and influence wherever he ends up!

So, again, I truly hate to say this and it's only the first time today that I'm going to have to say it...goodbye Ted.  You're definitely one of the best of us!