E.J. Safirstein

E.J. Safirstein, award-winning, playwright and television writer, died July 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from heart surgery. He was 39.

Most recently Safirstein penned an episode of “Family Law” for CBS. He was also in pre-production on his film “The Last Night of Yearning,” which he adapted from Marly Swick’s short story “Moscow Nights.”

Safirstein’s plays include “Waterworks,” which won the American College Theater Festival’s short play award, and its sequel, “Body Knowledge.”

He was a graduate of Vassar and held a master’s degree in playwriting from the U. of Washington.

He is survived by his wife of one month, Liz Leshin, as well as his parents, sister and nephews.

A memorial service in Los Angeles will be held in September.

Family suggests donations be made to E. J. Safirstein Fund at Vassar College, Box 14, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie NY 12604; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatric Department, in care of Susan Hershowitz, Box 139, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10021; or the E. J. Safirstein New Playwright Fund at the U. of Washington School of Drama, Box 353950, Seattle, WA 98195.

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