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Fordham Mourns Death of Lawrence J. Sacharow


Fordham Mourns Death of Lawrence Sacharow

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Lawrence J. Sacharow, director of the theatre program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Obie Award-winning director of Len Jenkin’s “Five of Us,” died Monday, August 14, at New York Hospital of complications from leukemia. He was 68.

A memorial service will be held for Sacharow on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus. Among the speakers at the service will be Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; Lawrence Sacharow’s daughter, Anya Sacharow; playwright Edward Albee; Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman; actress Marian Seldes; actress Didi O'Connell; Matthew Maguire, professor of theatre and acting director of the theatre program; and Fordham Theatre alumni Colin Hodges (FCLC ’98), and Mike Kimmel (FCLC ’99).

Sacharow, known to peers, colleagues and students alike as a humane and daring director, tangled with some of the most challenging works of modern theater, including plays by Edward Albee, Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov and Sam Shepard.

“An inspiring teacher and a director of extraordinary range and vision, Larry made our theatre program a magnet for talent and a center of excellence within the University,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “He will be sorely missed by the entire Fordham community, but especially by his colleagues, who cherished him as a friend, and by his students who were enriched by his mentorship.”

Sacharow received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle award for his direction of Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Three Tall Women” in 1994. In 2003, he directed the highly celebrated off-Broadway production of “Beckett/Albee,” an evening of one-act plays starring Marian Seldes and Brian Murray.

Funeral services were held for Sacharow on August 17 at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Michele, his daughters Nina and Anya, and a grandson.

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