The playwright Arthur Giron’s memorial will take place at the Cherry Lane Theater

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Arthur Giron, playwright, died on February 2, 2022. A memorial for Giron will be held at the Cherry Lane Theater, Thursday, May 26 at noon, open to the public.

He co-wrote the Broadway musical Amazing Grace (2015) with Christopher Smith. In more than twenty plays spanning the fields of social justice, political corruption, and science, his work has been performed in the United States and abroad. Among them, Voltaire d’Emilie who recently played in the United States, Portugal and Australia. Alfred Molina and Jessica Chastain starred in LA Theater Works’ Moving Bodies about Richard Feynman. The New York Times praised A Dream of Wealth for its “passion and great compassion”. Edith Stein has been produced extensively around the world, including at Playhouse 91 in New York. He received the Los Angeles Critics’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing (twice) and the Galileo Prize for illuminating scientific innovation. Additionally, he has received three commissions from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the New York Shakespeare Festival. A passionate educator, he was the former Head of the Graduate Program in Playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University and participated in the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Unit. His credo was one of encouragement, of redemption, and he implored everyone he met to be bold. Arthur was a proud founding member of the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York, where he lived with his surviving wife Mariluz Giron.

Presentations by Billy Carden and Graeme Gillis of Ensemble Studio Theatre; Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director Emeritus, Cherry Lane Theatre; Susan Einhorn, Director; Carnegie Mellon tributes from the Broadway and Off-Broadway theater community; performances of Arthur’s plays by Broadway actresses Trisha Jeffrey (Little Shop of Horrors, Motown, Rent, All Shook Up, Rent) and Laiona Michelle (Little Girl Blue, Amazing Grace). tributes to Pittsburgh theater by Lisbeth Bartlett and composer Kim Sherman;

Songs performed by Michael Simon Hall (I Know This Much is True, The Politician) and Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill); Pianists Seth Weinstein and Scott Lewis, and Broadway’s Amazing Grace team Chris Smith, Carolyn Rossi Copeland and Kim Weild. Program subject to change.


The Cherry Lane Theater is located in the West Village at 38 Commerce Street

(Three blocks south of Christopher Street, just west of Seventh Avenue.)

BY SUBWAY: 1 train to Christopher Street station (Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue)

or A, C, E/B, D, F & M to West 4th Street station (W. 4th Street and Sixth Avenue)

BY BUS: The M20 bus stops at Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue.