William Lieberson

Will Lieberson, a director and playwright, died of a heart ailment on Jan. 14 in Manhattan. He was 79.

In 1975, Lieberson founded the Quaigh Theater in New York and served as its artistic director for 20 years. During his tenure at the Quaigh, he staged such plays as “Street Scene,” “Livingstone and Sechele,” “Darkness at Noon” and “Counsellor at Law.”

His comedy “Springtime Folly” played on Broadway in 1951. Also, his work “Private Stock” saw steady regional production.

Born in Brooklyn, the NYU graduate also worked as an editor at Fawcett Comics, where he managed the production of monthly comic books, including “Captain Marvel.” Lieberson also published film criticisms and had a turn as a sports reporter.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne, two sons and a daughter.

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