the sad news

David Cuthbert
Theater writer

Gavin Mahlie, one of New Orleans’ most active and popular actors, died in his sleep Tuesday morning. He was 42.

The only actor to have appeared in all 12 seasons of The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, he had acted in more than 60 local theater productions at virtually every stage in town. His “Richard III ” and Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” were but two of a gallery of his celebrated Shakespearean portrayals. He was also a regular in the political plays of local playwright Jim Fitzmorris.

His last performance was in the title role of “Uncle Vanya” for the Red Noses theater company, which he helped found. He was to have reprised his baggy-pants comic version of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for school audiences this month and was set to star in “Kimberly Akimbo” next month in Southern Rep’s first post-Katrina staging.

I think tomorrow’s paper in New Orleans is to have more information. EDITED TO INCLUDE LINK TO OBITUARY HERE.

I am still finding out information and have spent all day remembering Gavin’s performances and quirky personality. I’d never have thought he would be a fan of the Black Eyed Peas, but he was. That still makes me smile.

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