The sad news arrived late Wednesday afternoon of the passing of playwright, novelist and screenwriter Ron Tavel, one of the formative figures of the off-off Broadway movement in the 1960s and 70s. He was equally significant in cinema for his contributions -- as conceiver, writer, and occasionally performer -- to the important early films of Andy Warhol, several of which, including the pivotal The Chelsea Girls, were based wholly or in part on Tavel's plays. He also contributed notably to the avant-garde film and stage events of Jack Smith.
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