I am so sorry about Joe's passing. He was very dear to us at Theatre for a New Audience in New York. I've been there for 10 years and we were close. I will miss him very much. I first met him at Shakespeare Society events when I first came to New York and Theatre for a New Audience. It was always so great to see him at the Theatre, and we used to have dinner together, and always wonderful conversations about theatre and Shakespeare. He introduced me to the works of the great Shakespeare scholar Margery Garber of Harvard. We used to discuss her books and the works of other scholars. He was so funny and kind. I always looked forward to discussing our productions, and other productions of Shakespeare around town and from London with him. Love of Shakespeare was something we shared deeply. He was a wonderful, loving man. Please accept my deepest condolences, and believe how keenly I share in your grief. I shall miss him terribly. I know that I am not alone in that.
James Lynes, Director of Institutional Advancement, Theatre for a New Audience.
Our condolences to the Kissane family. We knew Joseph for decades, starting as a colleague at Columbia in the late 80's and as a friend and neighbor ever since. His rye humor, professorial style, vast knowledge, and appreciation for life were always an inspiration and we will cherish our friendship always. God bless JMK. -Toby Usnik & Harlan Bratcher, NYC
On behalf of my parents, Jack and Connie Wagner Kunz, and all of the Wagner family, we wish to express our deepest sympathy upon learning of Joe’s death.
The Wagners (from Monitor St) always had such great respect for their dear neighbors the Kissane’s. Please accept heartfelt sympathy from Doris, Buzz, Roger and Connie Wagner.
Giant love to my extended family and friends around Joe's death. I'm so sorry and I miss him. I wanted to mention that Joe read books aloud to be recorded and used for visually impaired community members for years. I always admired his service, humbly conducted and without expectation of prize. Cousin Joe helped me in so many ways over the years, and claimed me in a way only family can. I love you, Joe. Thank you for loving us. Travel well.