Theater figures

Theater figures

Lawrence Roman, 86; best known for writing the hit Broadway play “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” and for adapting the farce into the 1963 movie (May 18)

Paul Sills, 80; legendary improvisational director and teacher co-founded the Compass Players in Chicago and was founding director of Chicago’s Second City improvisational comedy cabaret (June 2)

Gene Persson, 74; producer staged “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and LeRoi Jones’ controversial play “Dutchman” (June 6)

Luther Davis, 91; TV and stage writer won Tony Award for “Kismet” (July 29)

George Furth, 75; Tony Award-winning playwright who wrote the book for the landmark 1970 Broadway musical “Company” and also wrote the 1971 play “Twigs” (Aug. 11)

Tad Mosel, 86; television screenwriter won Pulitzer Prize for Broadway production of “All the Way Home” (Aug. 24)

Gerald Schoenfeld, 84; longtime head of the powerful Shubert Organization helped bring numerous works to Broadway, including “A Chorus Line,” “Cats” and “Amadeus” (Nov. 25)

William Gibson, 94; Tony Award-winning playwright best known for “The Miracle Worker,” the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan (Nov. 25)

Dale Wasserman, 94; playwright who wrote the book for the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha” and adapted Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for the stage (Dec. 21)

Harold Pinter, 78; English playwright and Nobel Prize winner whose original style changed the face of 20th century theater (Dec. 24)