Monday, August 8, 2016

John Vaccaro 1929-2016

Photo from the La MaMa Archives (click to enlarge)



This morning we learned of the passing of John Vaccaro.

John was the director of The Play-House of the Ridiculous, much of whose work was produced at La MaMa. He directed work by such downtown playwrights such as Tom Murrin, Kenneth Bernard, Paul Foster, Seth Allen, Tom Eyen, Jackie Curtis, William Hoffman, Rosalyn Drexler and of course Ronald Tavel.

In the  La MaMa "2d Repertory Season" announcement in The New York Times, John was quoted as saying, "Sometimes for $150 I could do a huge musical."  

Vaccaro was an important part of the history of off-off Broadway and in recent years appeared at La MaMa's Coffeehouse Chronicles.

We will miss seeing John around the East Village.  Rest in peace.

Browse the Digital Archive on John Vaccaro!

The New York Times Obituary