Magazine article American Theatre

In Memoriam.(Brief Article)(Obituary)

Magazine article American Theatre

In Memoriam.(Brief Article)(Obituary)

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After a battle with breast cancer, Josephine Abady died in May at age 52. A director whose work spanned both nonprofit regional theatre and Broadway, Abady began her career as the artistic director of the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1979. In 1988 she took over the artistic reins of the Cleveland Play House, and in 1994 she moved to New York to lead Circle in the Square during its final two years. Among her many high-profile productions were The Boys Next Door; Born Yesterday, with Madeline Kahn and Ed Asner; a Russian translation of A Streetcar Named Desire performed in Volgagrad, Russia, as well as Ohio; and a revival of Bus Stop starring Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup. Abady directed a short film, To Catch a Tiger, inspired by her mother's work as a civil rights activist. She directed three productions in the last year of her life, including Theatre Virginia's production of Wit.

Beverly Robinson--theatre historian, professor, folklorist, director, writer and producer--died in May of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. A professor at UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television since 1978, Robinson injected new life into the study of African-American theatre history, creating a speaker series that featured artists such as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and John Bubbles. Robinson was sought after as a media consultant, working on such films as The Color Purple, Coming to America and Miss Evers' Boys. As a folklorist, she was a pioneer in a field previously dominated by whites. …

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