Director Kenneth Frankel, an Obie Award-winner for his 1983 staging of Simon Gray's Off-Broadway hit Quartermaine's Terms, died Feb. 12 at his home in Los Angeles, according to a report in the New York Times (Feb. 19). Frankel was 56 and the cause of death was a brain tumor.
It was the 1973 Circle Repertory production of Mark Medoff's When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? that put Frankel on the map as a director. Among his other credits are critically acclaimed NY productions of Gray's The Common Pursuit in 1986 and Pinter's Old Times in 1984, as well as several productions at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, where he served as associate director.
-- By Rebecca Paller