( b. May 18, 1926 Boston, Massachusetts, USA - d. Dec 08, 2013 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Honey Waldman was a stage producer who teamed up with her husband to convert a dilapidated movie house in the Hudson Valley and a bank in the East Village into distinguished theaters.
In 1958, Ms. Waldman and her husband, the producer Bruce Becker, renovated the Broadway Theater in Nyack, N.Y., and renamed it the Tappan Zee Playhouse in an effort to return live performance to a town once known for its busy theater scene.
Helen Hayes, a Nyack resident who was often called the first lady of the American theater, had a cameo role in the first of the theater's many summer-stock productions. She was followed by stars like Alan Arkin, Julie Harris, Tallulah Bankhead and Faye Dunaway.
In 1963, Ms. Waldman and Mr. Becker transformed the former German Exchange Bank building, a cast-iron landmark in Manhattan, into the Bouwerie Lane Theater, a 140-seat Off Off Broadway stage at the Bowery and Bond Street that kept the Dutch spelling. The first play presented there was a revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's adaptation of André Gide's novel The Immoralist, produced by Mr. Becker and starring Frank Langella.
In 1974, Eve Adamson moved her new company, the Jean Cocteau Repertory, to the Bouwerie Lane. The company performed plays by Chekhov, Pinter and a host of others there for more than 30 years. In 1981 the theater presented Something Cloudy, Something Clear, the last play by Tennessee Williams to debut in New York during his lifetime.
Before owning theaters, she held various theatrical jobs, including stage manager. In 1953 she appeared in a short-lived José Ferrer revival of Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, and in 1978 she and Dick Goldberg produced his drama Family Business at the Astor Place Theater.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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