Jack Temchin

Co-founder of Play Company

Jack Temchin, co-founder of the Play Company, died of a heart attack in New York on Sunday, Oct. 26. He was 57.

The Play Company is a nonprofit theater group committed to producing an international program of new works. Temchin created the company in 1998 with Kate Loewald and the late Mike Ockrent. The troupe produced the world premieres of “High Dive” and “Smashing,” the American premiere of “Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran” and the New York premiere of “No. 11 (Blue & White).”

Temchin was born in Warsaw, Poland, moved to the U.S. as a child and graduated form Amherst College. He also produced the Off Broadway show “El Grande de Coca-Cola” in New York and around the world, and he produced the feature film “Home Movies,” directed by Brian De Palma. The Kander and Ebb song “New York, New York” was introduced in the musical revue “2 by 5,” which Temchin produced.

Temchin is survived by his mother and a sister.

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