Center Theatre Group will hold a public celebration of the life and work of founding artistic director Gordon Davidson January 9 at 7:30 PM at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Davidson, founder of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and a titan of the American resident theatre movement, died at age 83 on October 3, 2016.
Davidson ran the theatre for 38 years, from 1967 until his retirement in 2004, building the theatre into a national powerhouse that helped put Los Angeles on the theatrical map. The Los Angeles Times estimated that he directed more than 40 plays and produced more than 300 for the Center Theatre Group, of which the 745-seat Taper is a part, along with the 2,100-seat Ahmanson Theatre. The Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum won the 1977 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
The celebration at the Ahmanson promises “an evening of stories, remembrances and performances.”