LOS ANGELES -- A special memorial service for Ellis Rabb, one of the most respected actors and directors in the American theatre, will be held Wed., Mar. 11 at 11 AM at the Mark Taper Forum.
Rabb, who founded the APA (Association of Producing Artists) repertory company, a pioneering theatre in the 1960s, died on Jan. 11, 1998 in Memphis, TN.
The APA was a collective ensemble of actors and directors who came together under Rabb's leadership to present classics in repertory on Broadway and also across the country. The company soon became the American version of a national theatre.
Among Rabb's Broadway directing credits are You Can't Take It With You and The Royal Family. He also directed at the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, the Huntington Hartford Theatre, the ACT in San Francisco and the Old Globe in San Diego.
In 1981 Rabb was the co-director of Chekhov in Yalta and Twelfth Night at the Taper. As an actor Rabb appeared at the Old Globe as Prospero in The Tempest and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, among other roles.
Rabb's many honors include two Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the OBIE and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.
The Taper is at 135 N. Grand Ave. in downtown L.A.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent