Tribute to be held for producer
Westport Country Playhouse will hold celebration of the life of producer and director Burry Fredrik on Sunday, July 1, on the playhouse campus, 25 Powers Court. The tribute will take place at 3 p.m. in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center's Sheffer Rehearsal Studio. A reception will follow.
Fredrik, 86, died in her Weston home on May 22 caused by complications from a stroke she suffered over two years ago, according to a news release from the playhouse.
Fredrik, who won a Tony Award for co- producing Tom Stoppard's "Travesties," made her Broadway debut in 1950 stage managing "The Relapse," the release states. She received her first Tony Award nomination for co-producing the revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to Be Good."
As a director, Fredrik made her Broadway debut with the short-lived musical "Wild and Wonderful." She also directed regional and "straw hat circuit" productions.
In the 1980s, Fredrik joined the board of the Boston Post Road Stage Company, where she became associate artistic director and later artistic director for its final season at the playhouse, the release states. She also served on the executive board of Westport's Theatre Artists Workshop and continued her career into the 2000s, directing productions of new plays at the Lucille Lortel White Barn Theatre.
She also served on the board of both the playhouse and Long Wharf Theatre and established the Burry Fredrik Foundation Inc., a charitable corporation focused on the growth of theater companies, the release states.
Born Erna Helene Gerber in 1925, in Staten Island, to parents Fredrik K. Gerber and Erna Burry Gerber. She was predeceased by a sister, Merlyn Gerber Gaumer. She attended Staten Island Academy and Sarah Lawrence College.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the animal charity of choice, or contributions may be made to the Burry Fredrik Foundation, Inc., c/o Day & Levy, LLC, 1 Morningside Drive North, Westport, CT 06880.
For information on the tribute or directions, call the playhouse administrative office at 203-227-5137.