Dorothy Vivian Rottman

Dorothy Vivian Rottman, a leading force in the development of live theater in Los Angeles since the early 1950s, died Nov. 2 of cancer at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She was 80.

Under the professional name of Dorothy Roth, she helped develop the Players Ring Theatre into a complex of three separate stages presenting a wide range of mainstream and avant garde productions.

Under her tutelage as associate producer from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s, the Players Ring was responsible for the early exposure and successes of many well-known actors, directors, playwrights and producers.

Born in O’Fallon, Ill., to Russian parents, Rottman moved to Southern California in 1947 with her husband, Mandel Rottman, an attorney.

Rottman’s Equity theater-in-the-round showcased acclaimed West Coast productions of dramas and musicals for Los Angeles audiences, including “Inherit the Wind,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Witness for the Prosecution” and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”

Rottman further contributed to the city’s performing arts community by establishing a Saturday children’s theater program and creating acting classes for both teenagers and adults.

In 1965, together with her husband, she produced “Nobody Loves an Albatross” at the Ivar Theatre. She later worked as an independent theatrical group sales manager.

Rottman is survived by a daughter, Barbara, of Los Angles, who was composer and musical director of the children’s TV program “Dusty’s Treehouse.”

Contributions in Rottman’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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