elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Ron Vawter (December 9, 1948 – April 16, 1994)

Ron Vawter was an avant-garde actor who was a pillar of the Wooster Group, an experimental theater collective in SoHo. A versatile performer, Vawter won praise from critics for his acting in Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, his 1992 one-man show Off Broadway. Since the mid-1980's, he was also seen in small parts in mainstream vehicles including the films Philadelphia, Sex, Lies and Videotape and The Silence of the Lambs. In the first half of Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, which was directed by Greg Mehrten, his companion, Vawter wore a purple smoking jacket and gave an eerie impersonation of the lawyer Roy Cohn denouncing homosexuality. After intermission, Vawter appeared in sequined eye makeup, a mustache to depict the eccentric Jack Smith, the creator of the 1962 movie Flaming Creatures, which celebrated transvestite fantasy and camp posing. "They were both white male homosexuals, and they both died of AIDS," Vawter said, "Cohn was in complete denial of his homosexuality and on the attack against homosexuals. Smith was the reverse. His theatrical world had to do with the ultimate flaunting."

Timeline & Places:

• December 9, 1948: born.

• 1960s: attended Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211, Stati Uniti

• April 16, 1994: died.


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