Theater Director Stabbed to Death
posted by September 7 at 10:43 AMon
Mark Weil, a prominent Uzbek theater director and part-time Seattle resident was stabbed to death in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, presumably by “two young men in baseball caps waiting for the director in front of his building.”
He was not robbed.
From the AP:
The Ilkhom Theater, which Weil founded in 1976, was the first independent theater in the Soviet Union. Long before perestroika was introduced in the late 1980s, Ilkhom gained popularity for staging uncensored productions that combined elements of Uzbek folk theater, Italian commedia dell’arte, absurdist plays and pantomime.
Some of Ilkhom’s productions have discussed themes of homosexual love, a taboo topic in Uzbekistan, a predominantly Muslim country in Central Asia where gays still face ostracism and persecution. Homosexuality is punishable by up to two years in jail.
Weil was about to open to open a production of The Oresteia.
“I’m opening the season tomorrow, whatever happens,” were Weil’s last words, according to [spokeswoman Oksana] Khripun.