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Charles Marowitz

( b. Jan 26, 1932 New York, New York, USA - d. May 02, 2014 Agoura Hills, California, USA ) Male

Charles Marowitz was a playwright, director and theater critic known for his blunt manner and cutting-edge work, including controversial reworkings of classics by Henrik Ibsen and Shakespeare.

A New York native, Marowitz spent six decades in theater on two continents. He co-founded the experimental Open Space Theatre in London and collaborated with Peter Brook on productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company's experimental group. After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, he worked with the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre on a number of provocative productions, including a radical retooling of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

He wrote books on acting and directing, and original plays, including Sherlock's Last Case, which was mounted on Broadway in 1987, starring Frank Langella. He also was a theater critic for publications, including the London Guardian and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

Marowitz was the son of Polish Jewish immigrants who worked in New York's garment industry. He grew up speaking Yiddish, learning English from an older brother and sister, and began writing plays in elementary school. By the age of 17, he had formed an acting company and was writing reviews for the Village Voice.

By the mid-1960s, he was helping to shake up the London theater scene, collaborating with Brook on experimental stagings of Shakespeare and directing playwright Joe Orton's farce Loot as well as works by Saul Bellow and Eugene Ionesco. In 1968, he co-founded, with producer-actress Thelma Holt, the Open Space Theatre, an early venue for alternative theater in what became known as the London fringe, similar to New York's off-off Broadway. He chronicled his two decades in London in the book "Burnt Bridges" (1990).

Source: The Los Angeles Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
Sherlock's Last Case
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Charles Marowitz
Aug 20, 1987 - Dec 06, 1987
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