Sylvia Regan

Sylvia Regan Ellstein, the playwright whose 1940 Broadway play, Morning Star, found renewed life in regional theatres in recent years, died Jan. 18, 2003, in Manhattan at the age of 94, according to the New York Times. Morning Star, revived in 1999 by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, revolves around a widow and her extended family on New York's Lower East Side. Spanning 1910-1931, the play includes such historic events as the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, World War I and the Great Depression, shaping the lives and destinies of the family. Frank Galati directed the Steppenwolf production of the play, which was first seen at the Longacre Theatre in 1940. Ms. Ellstein was also an actress and press agent in her lifetime.

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  • Also known as: Sylvia Ellstein, Sylvia Hoffenberg, Sylvia Hoffman
  • Born: 1909 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Jan 18, 2003 in New York, NY, USA