Standing on the stage in Glazer Arena, Tony Award–winning Broadway producer and theatre alum Larry Hirschhorn ’80 confessed to being totally speechless when asked to make Ithaca College’s 128th commencement address celebrating the more than 1,160 members of the Class of 2023.
But he ultimately determined his best approach was “to just be myself,” he said to the audience of close to 7,500 in the packed arena on Sunday, May 21. “When I began wrestling with what I could possibly speak to you about, I remembered the first rule of writing—Write what you know.
“And the thing I know most about in this world, is theatre,” Hirschhorn continued. “I’ve always loved it and the impact it can have on people, as well as its power to hold a mirror up to our society.”