Marowitz: an artist and a visionary

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    As an actor who has worked extensively with the Malibu Stage Company, I was shocked when I returned from a recent trip to London to learn of the board’s termination of Charles Marowitz as the company’s artistic director.

    Far from being fired, Marowitz should be honored as one of Los Angeles’ and Malibu’s greatest artistic treasures. An artist and a visionary who is an absolute joy to work with, he is a true professional, and he brings with him an unparalleled wealth of experience. With over 30 books published, his work is taught at universities worldwide, and he’s credited with a unique vision for contemporary theatre. In addition, he’s brought a degree of attention to the Malibu Stage Company that it’s never had before. The current season, especially the production of “Fellow Traveler,” starring Harold Gould, has been a striking success both for the company and for Malibu as a community.

    Ironically, while in London, I noted that the front page of Time Out, London’s theatre section, led with a quote from playwright Michael Weller about Charles Marowitz, recalling Marowitz’s work at London’s Open Space Theatre in the 1960s. “Marowitz just followed his own instincts,” Weller said. “Nowadays, there has to be a philosophy behind what you do, so every theatre has to have an identity. That’s deadening. That’s the danger when any art form exists on life support: there’s the danger of falling prey to the people providing the medicine.”

    If Charles Marowitz’s term as artistic director of the Malibu Stage “falls prey” to the current board’s “medicine,” then both Malibu and Los Angeles will miss out on one of the greatest theatre practitioners alive today.

    Jeff Marlowe