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IN MEMORIAM: KEN DRAY
The Heights Players will host a memorial in honor of Ken Dray on Sunday, November 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the John Bourne Theater.
The Heights Players mourn the passing of Ken Dray, a member of our theater for over four decades. Ken was a lifetime member and served on our Board of Directors and Executive Committee for a number of years. He was also known as one of our more versatile performers, appearing in numerous musicals, dramas, comedies, children's productions, galas and workshops. Among his most notable roles were: Finian in Finian’s Rainbow, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened…, Hinezie in The Pajama Game, Pappy Yokum in Li’l Abner and Sheriff Tate in To Kill A Mockingbird. Ken also served as house and reservations manager and worked on various committees and behind the scenes. In addition to his work with the Heights Players, Ken also was active with the Gallery Players and St. Jean's Players. We extend our sympathy and condolences to his husband, Bob Doxsey, his family and his friends.
IN MEMORIAM: LOIS LOOK
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Look, longtime supporter, friend and performer at The Heights Players. Lois died on August 15, 2015, while vacationing at her summer home in Maine. The Heights Players held a memorial event in honor of Lois on Sunday, November 8th.
Born in New Jersey, Lois received her theatrical training at Yale School of Drama, attending at the same time as Henry Winkler and Daniel J. Travanti. She was a long time Brooklyn Heights resident and worked for a time as a real estate agent. She and her husband Stephen deFluiter operated the Jubilee Gallery on Henry Street and for several years ran their own theater company, the Brooklyn Heights Repertory Company. She also wrote several plays.
Lois began performing at the Heights Players in the 1970s and served for several years on the Executive Committee as Play Reading Chair and script writer for several Galas.
Her acting credits at our theater were numerous, ranging from dramas, mysteries and comedies, to musicals and children's theater productions. Her most recent roles were the psychiatrist in Miracle On 34th Street and the matriarch, Fanny Cavendish, in The Royal Family. Others roles in her list of forty-plus appearances at the Heights Players included such favorites as Adult Jean Louise in To Kill A Mockingbird, Claire in The Visit, Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday and Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation.
On behalf of the entire Heights Players Community, we extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Steve, her family and friends.
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN BOURNE, 1924-2015
With great sadness, The Heights Players reports the passing of its founding member John Bourne on Friday, January 9, 2015.
John Bourne was one of the founding members of the Heights Players. In 1956, a small group of people interested in theater held its first meeting as the Heights Players. John Bourne was at that meeting and from that moment on, he was committed to the organization. His legacy with the Heights Players will never be matched and the organization celebrated this legacy in 2012 by naming the theater after him and bestowing the title of President Emeritus on him, on the occasion of his retirement from the Board of Directors.
John served as President of the Heights Players for twenty years, from 1968-1989. He then remained on the Board of Directors as Member At Large from 1989-2012. His love of theater went far beyond having a leadership role in the group, as he also directed 46 plays, assistant directed five, produced six and acted in numerous productions over the course of 54 seasons. Many audience members more fondly recall his great service as the house manager of 247 plays.
In November 2014 the Heights Players community gathered to celebrate John’s 90th birthday during an evening’s performance of The Boys From Syracuse.
There will never be another John Bourne …
he was one of a kind and he made the Heights Players what it is today.
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