Known for his absurdist one-act plays,’ Somerfeld was also an accomplished copywriter and screenwriter.
Inheriting the Ridiculous Theatrical Company from his lover, Charles Ludlam, Quinton carved his own beloved niche in the theatre pantheon.
The longtime artistic director and new-play champion had a gentle, calming presence, but he never shied away from tough conversations.
Boundlessly creative, unfailingly astute, he didn’t just make and teach theatre of the mind but of the heart as well.
In his lifelong affair with the theatre, he could be a possessive, even jealous lover, but both his intellectual acuity and his abundant humanity shone through all his writing.
Director Clinton Turner Davis remembers Charles Fuller, the playwright known for ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ which earned the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2020 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
The writer-performer of ‘Tearsheets’ and ‘Elements of Flesh’ left behind a career in TV and film after surviving a brain tumor, turning her focus and activism to the stage.
Theatre critic for the Los Angeles Times for 22 years, and longtime leader of the O’Neill Critics Institute, Sullivan was an old school newspaperman and a tireless teacher of the craft.
The founder of Chelsea Theater Center was a force from the 1960s onward, doing plays no one else would do and encouraging similar boldness in his colleagues.
From our first meeting, he opened me up to a panorama of possibilities, not only in the theatre but in myself.