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Charles G. Horne

1946 - 2 Sept. 1994


The Advocate, Thursday, October 13, 1994


Charles G. Horne, 48

Charles G. Horne, a director and playwright who was a moving force with the Provincetown Theatre Company in the 1970s and 1980s, died September 2 of complications of AIDS in Syracuse, N.Y. where he had lived in recent years. He was 48.

He had been writing a weekly column on issues of the gay community and living with AIDS for the Herald Journal in Syracuse. He was active there in the now-defunct Landmark Theater, which was well known as a community theater. He was also involved in Syracuse with the Paul Scofield Theater.

Mr. Horne was born in Boston and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Munich in Germany. He was awarded a three-year National Defense Scholarship to attend any graduate school of his choice. He opted to go to the University of Frieburg in Germany, where he received a master's degree in German.

"He spoke German fluently," said his good friend Valerie Santuccio of Provincetown.

Mr. Horne lived off and on in Provincetown from 1971 to about 1980. He was a very active member of the Provincetown Theatre Company and was instrumental in building the company up. "He was one of the people who pushed for incorporation of the company and for getting grants. He tried to make it a much more prolific theater company," Santuccio said. "At that time, they were producing up to six plays each season. He was very active and was on the board of directors."

During that period, he directed adaptations of "Peter Pan," "Alice in Wonderland," "Three Penny Opera," "The Richest Girl" and his own original musical, "Eva Braun."

While studying in Germany, he got the idea of writing a play about Eva Braun and started to do research, Santuccio said. "He loved musical theater. He would take a serious subject like Eva Braun and make it a musical, but it was not a comedy by any means."

Mr. Horne moved to New York City in early 1980s where he wrote, produced and directed two off-Broadway musicals, "Restaurant a Musical" and "Dogs." He returned to Provincetown in 1984 to write and direct the Italian sop opera "Sauce for Tomorrow," which is still frequently shown on the local cable station here.

He used to work as a waiter at Front Street and Pucci's Harborside. Mr. Horne moved to Syracuse about eight years ago.

His recent credits include "The Smoking Room," a drama set in a hospital AIDS ward, and "Our Sisters are Dying," a documentary about women and AIDS. He was working on a documentary on AIDS in prison when he became ill.

"He was a very creative person, and he gave new life to the Provincetown Theater Company," Santuccio said.

He leaves his parents, Clyde and Hilda Horne of Acton; three brothers, David Horne, Mark Horne and Barry Horne, all of Acton; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. October 25 at 644 Commercial Street, Provincetown.





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