Actor and Director Everett Quinton died at 71. Let’s see more details about Everett Quinton in the following paragraphs.
What happened to Everett Quinton?
Actor, Director, and Ridiculous Theatrical Torchbearer Everett Quinton died at 71. Rick Sheinmel posted a message on social media about the demise of Everett Quinton.
Genius – Clown – Director – Playwright – Lover of all things fabulous – Generous – Diva – Angel – Comic Legend
One of my favorite memories of Everett is him teaching me HOW to do a spit take, in all the various iterations! There’s the classic; there is the one where you hold your finger up as if to try to stop spitting BUT instead make a fine mist (my favorite) but he loved the one where you TRY to spit back into the glass BUT miss! So lucky to have shared a stage (and a tiny dressing room), said his words on stage, and to have been loved by him. There was nothing like it.
LOVE YOU FOREVER
The Technicolor, quick-change chameleon Everett Quinton has died. He kept the campfires blazing for his late partner Charles Ludlam's great, gender-blending Ridiculous troupe. I last saw him in 2017 as a Martian queen and her incestuous brother in Ludlam's "When Queens Collide." pic.twitter.com/qTDNJ31YxQ
— Ben Brantley (@BenjBrantley) January 24, 2023
Cause of Death
|Everett Quinton passed away at the age of 71. The cause of death is presently unknown. As soon as the News came out, Family and friends expressed their condolences to Everett Quinton’s family via Twitter.
At this point, it is unknown precisely what led to his death apart from the confirmation of his death and the exact cause of the death of Everett was not released as well.
In order to learn more about Everett’s death, we are attempting to get in touch with his friends and family. This section will be updated as soon as we learn any new information regarding the tragic event that brought many people to tears.
Who was Everett Quinton?
Quinton was the founder and artistic director of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company and appeared in several productions there.
Some of his more recent acting appearances included The Witch of Edmonton at Red Bull Theater, Devil Boys from Beyond at New World Stages, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and The McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.
Everett was also a member of Cleveland State University’s Summer Stages where he appeared as Madam Rosepettle in O Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad. Everett previously appeared at Red Bul Theater in Women Beware Women (2008 Callaway Award, Best Actor).
Quinton is an award-winning actor and director. He was honored with the Actor’s Equity Callaway.
Everett’s Famous directions
Everett was a member of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and served as its Artistic Director from 1987-1997. He has appeared in Charles Ludlam’s Medea, The Secret Lives of the Sexists, Salammbo, Galas, The Artificial Jungle, and the original production of The Mystery of Irma Vep (Obie and Drama Desk Award). He was also seen in Georg Osterman’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Brother Truckers (Bessie Award); Richard and Michael Simon’s Murder at Mining Manor (Drama League Award); as well as in his own plays: Carmen, Linda, Movieland, A Tale of Two Cities (Obie Award), and Call Me Sarah Bernhardt.
Everett has directed revivals of Charles Ludlam’s Big Hotel, Camille, Der Ring Gott Farblonjet, and How to Write a Play. He also directed Brother Truckers (in New York, London, and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Carmen, Sebastian Stewart’s Under the Kerosene Moon, as well as The Beaux Stratagem at the Yale Rep and Treasure Island at the Omaha Theatre for Young People. Film and TV credits include Natural Born Killers, Big Business, Deadly Illusion, Forever Lulu, Miami Vice, and Law & Order.
Charles Ludlam and Everett Quinton
According to David Kaufman in his biography, Ridiculous! In the Theatrical Life and Times of Charles Ludlam, Ludlam first met Quinton while cruising on Christopher Street in early 1975. They spent the night together but lost touch after that.
When Ludlam died of AIDS in 1987, Quinton took over as artistic director, leading the company through a decade in which some of the brightest stage artists were lost to AIDS, New York rents skyrocketed, arts funding was slashed, and the cost of producing off-off-Broadway became nearly impossible for troupes like the Ridiculous. The company vacated its theater at One Sheridan Square in 1995 (it is now home to Axis Theatre Company) and Quinton concluded his term as artistic director in 1997. There would not be a successor.
Condolence Posted on Social Media
Joe Brancato Posted
A sad day for the theatre world. Everett Quinton has taken flight. I wrote ( under the pseudonym Erasmus Fenn) DROP DEAD PERFECT for him, hoping that he’d agree to do it. He agreed the spectacular journey began. He brought all the brilliance, inventiveness, and abandonment of the Ridiculous
Theatre Company to every rehearsal and performance. We premiered at Penguin Rep and followed it with two runs off Bdway ( three years in total) selling out houses and garnering raves. The acting company and creative team were brilliant but it was Everett who lit the way. Love and convulsive laughter filled the rehearsal hall each day. My collaboration with this kind gentleman with his outrageous wit will remain a high point of my theatre journey.
Farewell to New York drag theatre legend Everett Quinton, who has died, aged 71. Partner of the late Charles Ludlam, he kept his legacy alive, taking over as artistic director of their Ridiculous Theatre Company. https://t.co/p3JRAr2bBf pic.twitter.com/GNBzxYHGMM
— Mark Shenton 💙 (@ShentonStage) January 24, 2023
William Berger Posted
I join with several communities in New York (theater, faith, recovery, activist, and – above all – the utterly FABULOUS) in noting with heavy feelings the passing of the great Everett Quinton (seen here at a small, frigid, but feisty protest at the Ugandan Mission to the UN in 2010… in red high heels, incidentally). He was a legend on the stage and in the streets, and a mensch everywhere. There never were many like him, and there never will be another again. He should rest in peace.
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