Off-Broadway Producer Carmel Ross Is Dead at 83

Obituaries   Off-Broadway Producer Carmel Ross Is Dead at 83
Carmel Ross, a London-born actress and writer who, with her producer-director husband David Ross, collaborated on a series of Off-Broadway productions in the ‘50s and ‘60s, died Jan. 29 in New York City. She was 83. Her husband predeceased her in 1962.

Ms. Ross was born in London on July 6, 1922. She moved to the U.S. in the 1950s. After marrying Mr. Ross, the two produced plays by Chekhov, Ibsen and Strindberg, including Uncle Vanya with Franchot Tone and Hedda Gabbler with Anne Meecham. These show were presented at the Fourth Street Theatre. Other productions included The Dybbuk, Rosmersholm, Ghosts, Three Sisters, The Sea Gull, Easter and The Italian Straw Hat. Ms. Ross frequently did the translations and adapatations of these works. After seven years at their Fourth Street Theatre, the Rosses acquired an old church in the early 1960s which they christened Theatre Four.

After Mr. Ross died, Carmel returned to London. There, she spent three years as a staff producer with BBC Radio, and four years as a freelance producer for BBC Radio and Television. She came back to New York in 1970 and founded Halcyon Productions to produce English plays from the early twentieth century. Their first production, The Importance of Being Earnest, ran for three months at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Carmel Ross graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and got her master's degree in English literature and language at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, and a post-graduate degree at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Raphael Eban of London, her sister-in-law, Suzy Eban of Tel Aviv, and a cousin, Dr. Oliver Sacks of New York.

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