Geva Theatre Center to Dim Lights in Honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman Tonight
In addition to his incredible body of over 50 films, the Fairport native was nominated for three Tony Awards for his work on Broadway for his performances in True West (2000), Long Day's Journey into Night (2003) and Death of a Salesman (2012). He joined the Off-Broadway LAByrinth Theatre Company in 1995 and was its Co-Artistic Director for several years. His Off-Broadway credits included Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Shopping and F**king and Defying Gravity.
As a stage director, Hoffman received two Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Play, for Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (2001), which also played at the Arts Theatre in London; and Our Lady of 121st Street (2003).
In a 2008 interview with NPR, Hoffman talked about the impact that seeing local, live stage productions at theatres such as Geva had on him from a young age.
Out of respect for the Hoffman family, neither Geva leadership nor staff will be available for comment, or issue a statement at this time, preferring to let the act of dimming the theatre's lights, one of the highest honors in American theatre, speak for itself.
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