Lawrence Sacharow

Obie-winning director, head of Fordham's theater program

Lawrence Sacharow, Obie-winning director and longtime head of the theater program at Fordham U.’s campus at Lincoln Center, died Aug. 15 of leukemia. He was 68.

Sacharow directed Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” Off Broadway in 1994, which won the director a Lortel Award and for which he was nommed for an Outer Critics Circle kudo. . In 2003 he helmed an evening of one-acts by Albee and Samuel Beckett, “Beckett/Albee.”

The director was considered a pioneer of biographical theater. In 1968, Sacharow helped residents of a drug rehabilitation center on Staten Island create a play based on their lives. The production, titled “The Concept,” ran Off Broadway for three years, and has been performed around the country and in Russia.

Born in Brooklyn, Sacharow was founding artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, N.Y., and also served as chairman of the theater panel of New York State Council on the Arts.

He won an Obie Award in 1984 for his direction of Len Jenkin’s “Five of Us.”

He is survived by wife Michelle, two daughters and a grandson.

— Gordon Cox

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