We’ve been deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Everett Quinton, a mentor in our community and a legend of queer theater. Everett, a decades-long presence in the New York theater scene, passed away in January at the age of 71. He was a mentor in the inaugural year of the Queer|Art|Mentorship program, 2011-2012, with his work beginning decades earlier in the 1970s, when he met his partner and collaborator Charles Ludlam. After starring in works at the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, he managed it for a decade after Ludlam's death due to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1987. In the years since, he led many revivals of the company's productions, and starred in and directed dozens of theatrical and film and television productions.
“Everett was a theatrical genius and also one of the sweetest, most gentle, and funniest people I’ve ever known,” Queer|Art’s Founding Director Ira Sachs reflects. “At Queer|Art, he was both a treasured connection to the history of queer theater—and specifically to the profound originality of Charles Ludlam, his great love and for whom Everett was his greatest muse—but also someone who never stopped living and creating in the present. He loved live theater and he devoted his entire life to its creation. I grieve to know that I will never laugh with Everett again or be witness to his brilliance and beauty on the stage.”
The Sorrows of Dolores
by Charles Ludlam (1987)
In 2010, Queer|Art helped Everett restore two long-lost 16mm films—The Sorrows of Dolores (starring Everett in the title role) and Museum of Wax—by Charles Ludlam that had been lately rediscovered in a closet in Everett’s apartment. The two films (originally produced in 1987) were screened at Queer|Art|Film in 2010 (presented by Anohni). The original 16mm film prints and new digital masters are now archived with the Legacy Project at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and will be preserved for generations to come. You can watch both films here. Read more about Quinton's life and work here, here, and here, and more announcements/events for February below.—Evan Scott, Newsletter Editor
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