Gilbert Moses, 52, an award-winning director and...


April 19, 1995

Gilbert Moses, 52, an award-winning director and co-founder of a pioneering black theater company, died Friday of multiple myeloma in New York. He won an Obie award for his production of 1969's "Slave Ship" by Imamu Baraka. He directed Melvin Van Peebles' "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" and Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Janie," which the New York Drama Critics Circle named in 1975 as best new American play of the season. He co-founded the Free Southern Theater, which toured the South in the 1960s with such plays as "In White America" and "Waiting for Godot."

Cleo Patra Brown, 91, a boogie-woogie piano player and 1930s radio show host who performed with the likes of Bing Crosby, died Saturday in Denver. She made about two dozen 78 rpm records for the Decca label, including "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie," "The Stuff is Here and It's Mellow," and "When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan." After battling alcohol and heroin addictions, she moved to Colorado in 1950 to become a nurse. She spent most of her remaining years doing missionary work.

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