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ABCT Grieves its Co-Founder None

Charles Bosworth III, an award-winning broadcaster who found subsequent careers as a financial adviser and community activist, co-founded the Anthony Bean Community Theater and served as its Board President died Thursday (April 2) at his New Orleans home. He was 73. Mr. Bosworth, helped the theater land its home on South Carrollton Avenue. "He had passion, and he had compassion," Bean said. "If there was any hardship, and there were many, you could count on Charlie to find the money. This went on for 15 years."
His death is "a big hit for this company," Bean said. "You don't realize how important a person is until that person is no longer there."

His wife, Gretchen Bosworth and family suggests memorial contributions be donated to the Anthony Bean Community Theater. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be mailed to: Anthony Bean Community Theater 1333 South Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

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ABCT’s Finest are Cast in The Glass Menagerie None

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival may last only one week, but New Orleans' love for the plays by this great southern writer lasts all year.  The Anthony Bean Community Theater is proud to announce its presentation of one of his masterpieces: "The Glass Menagerie", opening April 10th and running three weekends through April 26th. Featuring an all-Black cast of African Americans. The production captures both the love and desperation of this fascinating but dysfunctional family. Gwendolyne Foxworth, as the mother, Amanda, heads a stellar cast of local actors, including Albert Aubry, Coti Gayles, Dwight Clay and DC PauL.

Gwendolyne Foxworth is a Big Easy Award winner and an ABCT’s Icon honoree, she’s been a member of The Anthony Bean Community Theater since its inception 15 years ago. She’s a Wilsonian actor and her roles include Alberta in “The Sty of the Blind Pig” and the female lead in most of August Wilson’s plays produced by ABCT.  Mr.  Aubry is no newcomer to Tennessee Williams' work, having portrayed Big Daddy in ABCT’s production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" last year.  Ms. Gayles was last seen in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” and Mr. Clay will be remembered for his performance as Wolf in “Two Trains Running.”  Mr. PauL is winding up his role as Claudio in "Measure for Measure, and will follow his current assignment as Harpo in "The Color Purple," scheduled to open May 22.

Janet Spencer returns to ABCT as director of "The Glass Menagerie," having previously directed an outstanding production of "A Member of the Wedding," featuring Carol Sutton.  For the past five years Ms. Spencer has lived in Texas, writing and directing short comic films and producing the "Off Kilter Comic Film Festival" in Bastrop.  She is delighted to have this opportunity to return to her former home of New Orleans, and to ABCT.  She is especially pleased that her husband, Lyn Caliva, is joining her on this project as lighting designer.

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