Arts executive M. Edgar Rosenblum dies

Developed award-winning plays at Long Wharf Theatre

M. Edgar Rosenblum, who brought the Long Wharf Theatre to prominence during a 26-year stint in New Haven, Conn., died of a heart attack on April 18 in Woodstock, N.Y. He was 78.

Rosenbaum was about to begin his second season in July as executive director of the California International Theatre Festival in Calabasas.

Under his leadership at the Long Wharf, Rosenblum partnered with the theater's artistic director, Arvin Brown, to develop plays that won Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards.

Many Long Wharf productions extended their lives to other stages on Broadway, off-Broadway, television and as national and international tours.

Among the most prominent works shepherded by Rosenblum and Brown were "The Changing Room" by David Storey, which earned John Lithgow a Tony Award in 1973, and "The Gin Game," by D.L. Coburn, which won the 1978 Pulitzer for drama and a Tony for Jessica Tandy.

As an arts management consultant, the Brooklyn native worked with many arts councils and theaters across the country. In 2008, he served as executive director for the Rubicon International Theatre Festival in Ventura, Calif., before coming to Calabasas.

"His depth of knowledge and passion for the theater were both a guiding force and inspiration to all of us," CITF festival director Linda Purl said.

Rosenblum is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cornelia; his brother, Robert; and his daughter, Jessica.
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