(Eric Grode’s article appeared in the New York Times, 6/30; via Pam Green.)

For Elizabeth Swados, being nominated for four Tony Awards in one year while still in her 20s — for “Runaways,” in 1978 — led to success in an unexpected direction. Or, rather, in several unexpected directions.

Ms. Swados, who died in January at 64, composed scores for Brecht and Euripides plays. She wrote a series of oratorios and other works on Jewish themes. She made a graphic novel and an animated film about her history of depression. She taught and employed countless promising theater artists. And she worked with pretty much every Off Off Broadway theater company that could accommodate her big casts and bigger beats.


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