Rose Pearson (pictured with Bill Newberry)

Sad news to report about Rose Pearson. The woman who co-founded Circle Theatre in 1981 with Bill Newberry passed away yesterday at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The theater troupe, which began life in Bluebonnet Circle but later moved to its current downtown location, announced that it will hold a celebration of her life at a future date to be determined. At her wishes, the scheduled opening of Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming will go ahead this weekend. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the troupe.