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Joan Stein’s Memorial Service

September 4, 2012
Friends, family, and colleagues will gather on Monday, October 8 at 8:00pm at the Brentwood Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Joan Stein. A major force in theatre on both coasts, Stein was producer and/or general manager on over 80 productions during her career of over 30 years. She died on August 3 in Los Angeles of appendiceal cancer. She was 59.
The Brentwood Theatre is located on the Veteran’s Administration grounds at 11301 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90073. Upon entering the VA campus off Wilshire, follow road signs to the Brentwood Theatre.  
She graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in Theater and English at the State University of New
York at Albany. After graduating, she began her illustrious theatre career producing
and/or general managing over 80 plays and musicals.
In 1980, she began producing Off-Broadway with James Lapine’s Table Settings (1980),
The Middle Ages (1983), The Miss Firecracker Contest (1984) and Tent Meeting (1987).
Joan Stein made her Broadway debut as a producer with Larry Shue’s The Nerd in 1987. Additional Broadway productions include: Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, Butley, Nine to Five.
In 1982, she began a five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the historic Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she partnered with Artistic Director Josie Abady. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became the Executive Director of The Canon Theatre, producing and general managing productions that included Love Letters, Forever Plaid, Ruthless The Musical, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Last Night At Ballyhoo and Nude, Nude Totally Nude starring Andrea Martin. Ms. Stein was also the theatre producer of the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.
In 1994, Ms. Stein partnered with producer Stephen Eich to present the Los Angeles premiere of Steve Martin’s Award-winning Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Westwood Playhouse. The production later moved to Off Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Production. Picasso then moved to San
Francisco’s Theatre on the Square and continued to play both nationally and internationally.
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