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Will Roberson

Stage director and playwright Will Roberson died at his home in San Diego on Dec. 13 of complications from AIDS. He was 36.

Roberson directed numerous shows for the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Repertory Theater and the Gaslamp Quarter Theater.

He was the assistant director for the current Broadway production of “Damn Yankees,” which culminated a long association with Jack O’Brien, “Yankees” director and artistic director at the Old Globe.

He directed and co-produced the musical “Suds” in 1989, which originated at the Old Globe, as well as its subsequent productions in San Francisco, Louisville, Phoenix and Toronto.

In 1986, Roberson accepted the Princess Grace Fellowship for Directing and chose the Old Globe for his fellowship, where he was assistant director to John Houseman, Daniel Sullivan and Joseph Hardy, among others.

He directed for the Idaho Shakespeare Fest in Boise, Montclair TheaterFest in New Jersey, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn, and the national and international tours of “Porgy and Bess” for Living Arts in New York.

Roberson taught theater courses for the Master of Fine Arts program at the U. of San Diego and U. of California at San Diego.

He was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Old Globe Theater production stage manager Douglas A. Pagliotti, who died Sept. 27 from AIDS.

He is survived by his parents, Eldon and Kay, a sister and a brother.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Will Roberson Memorial Directing Internship Fund, San Diego Repertory Theater, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, Calif., 92101.

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