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Ronald Tavel
(May 17, 1936 - March 23, 2009) U.S.A.

Ronald Tavel

Playwright

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Ronald TavelBorn in Brooklyn, New York, Tavel graduated from Brooklyn College and later attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Master's degree in creative writing in 1959.

Ronald had worked as a prop man on Jack Smith's film, Flaming Creatures. He met Andy Warhol at the end of 1964 at a poetry reading, and acted in his film Harlot and Screen Test (offscreen voice).

During the 1960s in Greenwich Village theaters, Ronald was presenting apolitical camp extravaganzas filled with elaborate drag and parodies of flamboyant theatrical and film genres. One of Ronald's actors in the mid-1960s was the prodigiously talented, ambitious Charles Ludlam, whom Ronald fired after the troupe presented one of Ludlam's plays in 1967.

Tavel died of a heart attack on a flight from Berlin to Bangkok at the age of 73.

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