A.R. Gurney Memorial
September 12th at the Music Box Theatre
Playwright A.R. Gurney, who passed away on June 13th of this year, will be honored at a memorial service on Tuesday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m., at The Music Box Theatre located at 239 West 45th Street.
Jim Simpson, founder, and Carol Ostrow, Producing Director of The Flea Theater, produced ten world premieres by the much beloved playwright and were asked by the family to produce the service. They have gathered many of Gurney’s favorite actors and directors to participate. Also included will be members of The Bat Theater Company, The Flea’s resident company of actors, for whom Gurney wrote four of his plays, including Two Class Acts, the last of his plays produced.
“Pete, as he was affectionately known, lived a long and rich life and we hope to share the breadth of his experience both on and off the stage”, says Ostrow. “He was a devoted son and brother as well as a dedicated husband and father to his four children and eight grandchildren. He was an honor student, a naval officer, a teacher, professor and scholar all the while writing plays. We hope to distill the fullness of his life and to honor one of our most cherished playwrights.”
A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre. He has won a fair amount of awards during his career, and is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a 2016 recipient of the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award. Gurney was married to his wife Molly for 59 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
A limited number of seats for the memorial will be available to general public on a first-come, first served basis. Doors will open at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10007.