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Gordon Davidson, Mark Taper Forum founder and L.A.'s 'Moses of theater,' dies at 83

Gordon Davidson, Mark Taper Forum founder and L.A.'s 'Moses of theater,' dies at 83

Gordon Davidson, the Center Theatre Group impresario who launched, defined and for 38 years personified Los Angeles' flagship theater, the Mark Taper Forum, has died, his family said. He was 83.

Davidson died Sunday night after collapsing at dinner, said his wife, Judi Davidson.

Starting in 1967, Davidson's artistic vision, professional connections and business savvy were indispensable in transforming L.A. from a passive backwater where theatergoers largely consumed the Broadway touring shows to a wellspring for new works that won Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. He directed more than 40 plays and produced more than 300 works for the Center Theatre Group, and he...

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