T. Scott Cunningham
Also known as: Timothy Scott Cunningham
Born: circa. 1962
Los Angeles, California
Died: June 26, 2009
New York, New York
Obituary: The actor was one of the founding members of the Drama Dept., a vivacious theatre troupe that thrived Off-Broadway in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He played a variety of characters in the company's first and biggest hit, Beane's comedy about fame and self-creation, As Bees in Honey Drown. He would go on to play roles in Drama Dept. productions of Beane's The Country Club and Music From a Sparkling Planet.
"That's got to be the reason you hear about people starting companies all the time," he said of Drama Dept. "It's about having a place to go. I sometimes just like having a place to go."
During the late 1990s, Mr. Cunningham had many places to go. He was rarely not working. His other Off-Broadway credits include the part of a bitter, henpecked husband in Richard Nelson's New England (Manhattan Theatre Club), What You Get and What You Expect (NY Theatre Workshop), The Stand In (Naked Angels), David Ives' Don Juan in Chicago (with frequent co-star J. Smith-Cameron at Primary Stages), It Changes Every Year by Jon Robin Baitz (Naked Angels) and The Eros Trilogy, another play by Silver (Vineyard).
|photo by Joan Marcus|
He occasionally made appearances on Broadway, such as in a 2001 revival of Design for Living and a 1996 production of Tartuffe, but these rarely matched the opportunities he was afforded Off-Broadway.
During the past decade, he worked increasingly at regional theatres such as South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Rep, NY Stage and Film, Geffen Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He played the title role in Hamlet at Utah Shakespeare, and was part of the national tour of the Broadway hit Twelve Angry Men.
His final performance was this past spring in the Philadelphia premiere of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, the recently renamed pair of one-acts formerly billed as Peter and Jerry. The Inquirer termed it "a perfectly measured performance."
Cunningham is survived by his partner of 14 years, actor Harry Bouvy. A memorial will be held in New York in late summer.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Actors Fund of America, 729 Seventh Ave. New York, NY 10019.
|Design for Living
Mar. 15, 2001 - May 13, 2001
May 30, 1996 - Jun. 23, 1996
|Love! Valour! Compassion!
Feb. 14, 1995 - Sep. 17, 1995