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Cohen out at Stamford Center

After three seasons, Alexander H. Cohen is out as executive producer of the nonprofit Stamford Center for the Arts.

George E. Moredock III, the SCA’s managing director and a staff member for the past 10 years, assumed responsibility for the continuing operations of the performing arts center on June 1.

“With the conclusion of his third successful season, and with plans in place for a fourth,” said Stamford Center president Frank D. Rich Jr., Cohen “has completed his final one-year contract.” Rich says that he and the SCA board have not yet decided on what, if anything, should be done about finding a replacement executive producer.

The Center operates the 750-seat Rich Forum and the 1,580-seat Palace Theater.

Cohen was traveling in Europe last week and could not be reached through his New York office. But for much of the past season, Cohen had denied industry rumors that he would be leaving the Center. Nevertheless, Rich’s statement and the silence from the Cohen camp suggested that the veteran Broadway producer had been ousted. Though the reasons were not articulated, Cohen’s programming emphasized New York tryouts or tours over the development of a company with a direct stake in the community.

Earlier this year, Cohen announced that he, along with co-producers Max Cooper and Hildy Parks, would bring Diane Shaffer’s new play “Sacrilege,” starring Ellen Burstyn, to Broadway early in the 1995-96 season, trying it out first in Stamford. A Stamford date may be set in the next few weeks.

In addition, Rich and the Center board of directors have offered Cohen a continuing relationship “in an emeritus capacity,” Rich said.

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