Festival Repertory Theatre Shows Honor its Founder, the Late Adele Furman

February 26, 2013

Festival Repertory Theatre will honor legacy of recently deceased company founder and producing director Adele Furman with a pair of plays at the Cabaret Theater of the Temple of Music and Art.

Robert Anderson’s “I’m Herbert” and David Ives’ “Mere Mortals” will be performed Feb. 28,  March 1 and March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. The Thursday performance will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Mere Mortals rehearsal with Mark Klugheit, Rob Roberts and Stan Stein.

Mere Mortals rehearsal with Mark Klugheit, Rob Roberts and Stan Stein.

“Adele Furman touched many lives in Tucson, especially in our theatrical community,” said Mark Klugheit, who worked closely with Furman on many productions and who will appear in Mere Mortals. “Adele brought joy to audiences in Tucson for many years. This is a guaranteed evening of hilarity, in a fitting remembrance of Adele from directors and performers who worked with her and loved her.”

Festival Theater, established in 1997, introduces current and classic plays to new theater goers and offers persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in productions. In keeping with the things that mattered to Furman during her life, all of the net proceeds from the performances will be donated to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Tickets are $15 at the door (cash or check only). Seats may be reserved by emailing mklugheit@comcast.net.

Furman, who died on Jan. 4, was a grand lady of Tucson theater and a veteran of New York and Chicago summer stock, as well as one-woman shows. Her death was felt throughout the Tucson theater community, and the upcoming performances at the Cabaret Theater of Temple of Music & Art are being performed by her troupe in a farewell-to-Adele celebration.

Adele spent her life helping people enjoy classic theater, and gave so many people, including those with disabilities, the opportunity to perform in local productions.

During her career, Furman taught scene study classes, theatre games, and hosted a television program. She also sang in nightclubs, with the Gilbert and Sullivan singers of New York City, and traveled with a one-woman show, “Different Women, Different Loves.”

Furman was a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her Festival Repertory Theatre stagings ran the gamut from the comedic works of Neil Simon to her most recent restaging of Ira Levin’s thriller, “Veronica’s Room,” just this past November.