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Kenneth Siminski (1952 - March 22, 1993)

Kenneth E. Siminski, a stage manager, an actor and a director, died on March 22, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 41 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was AIDS, said his brother Julian.

Using the name of Ken Simmons, Mr. Siminski was stage manager for numerous Off Broadway plays, including Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," with Jane Alexander, and "Coastal Disturbances," with Annette Bening.

He appeared in the CBS television movie "A Royal Romance" and directed more than a dozen productions at Off Broadway theaters.

He was a founder of the Theater of Youth Company in Buffalo and appeared regularly in regional stock theater in Cooperstown, N.Y. He also taught acting and speech at the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts in Maryland and elsewhere.

He is survived by his companion, Timothy Fortuna of Manhattan.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/26/obituaries/kenneth-siminski-41-actor-and-director.html

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.

More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics


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