Ron Link, a director of Off-Off Broadway and regional productions, died in Los Angeles June 7 of complications following surgery, the New York Times reported. He was 58.
Mr. Link rose from stage manager of such Off-Broadway productions as The Fantasticks and Little Mary Sunshine to direct and create shows in the 1970s at experimental spaces such as New York City's Caffe Cino and La Mama, ETC.
A young Robert DeNiro performed in Mr. Link's production of Glamour, Glory and Gold, the Times reported, and a green Sylvester Stallone appeared in Mr. Link's staging of Somerset Maugham's Rain.
He produced Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars in 1974 at the Astor Place Theater. It toured the U.S., Australia and Europe with the drag actor Divine and landed in L.A., where Link settled.
Mr. Link, a Columbus, OH., native, directed at such regional theatres as Hartford Stage, Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami and the Globe Theatre in San Diego. He is survived by his companion, Dan Gerrity; mother, Rita, and sister, Elizabeth (both of Columbus); and a brother, Carson, of New York, the Times reported.
-- By Kenneth Jones