Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Playwright Ira Jeffries passes

The Passing of Ira Jeffries - July 16th 2010

from Ronald Lonesome

Friends, after six weeks in a coma brought on by a massive stroke, Ira Jeffries expired yesterday, July 16th at 3 p.m. She was a patient on the Hospice Unit at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Following her wishes, she will be cremated, and the cre-mains will be placed in the columbarium at The Riverside Church. She did not want a funeral or memorial service. However, Maranatha would like to host a program at Riverside Church honoring the life and legacy of Ira. We're asking members of GRIOT, SAGE, Theater Groups, Playwrights, Artists, and other friends of Ira to participate in the planning of this event. Please email us at MaranathaTRC@hotmail.com. Thanks to all of you for your support. Ira was a talented, spirited artist and a loving human being. 

~ Ronald Lonesome

From her Bio from WOW's GRIOT festival

Ira Jeffries has been a playwright for over twenty years and a member of the WOW collective for over ten years. She is a graduate of City College with a B.A. in communications. She has written over twenty plays, most of which have been produced at WOW. She founded Kaleidoscope Theatre to produce her own plays and deal with issues of the lesbian community. In 1985 she received an Audelco Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting.

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3 comments:

Unknown said...

Ira was a personal friend and a fellow member of Maranatha at The Riverside Church.
I had the honor to deliver her remains to
Riverside Church today,
where they will be placed in the columbarium for final keeping. We look forward to a celebration of her life in an event to be held soon at Riverside.
Contact:maranathatrc@hotmail.com
Ronald Lonesome

Unknown said...

Ira was a personal friend and a fellow member of Maranatha at The Riverside Church.
I had the honor to deliver her remains to
Riverside Church today,
where they will be placed in the columbarium for final keeping. We look forward to a celebration of her life in an event to be held soon at Riverside.
Contact:maranathatrc@hotmail.com
Ronald Lonesome

Eva Yaa Asantewaa said...

Ronald, thank you for sending this note and keeping InfiniteBody readers informed. I send my condolences on the loss of your dear friend and colleague whose life and work meant so much to the LGBT community, especially people of color and artists.

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