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BEN BRADLEY MURDERED (see Stage feature on Wednesday)

The Fountain Theater's Director of Audience Development/Director/Producer Ben Bradley was found dead in his apartment near Koreatown on Saturday. Police say it was a homicide and have no leads. Bradley was 59. ABC News story here

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


LAPD have arrested a 25 year old suspect, Jose Fructuso, of Los Angeles, in the stabbing death of Ben Bradley. According to the KTLA News blog, L.A. Now, Fructuso had known the victim several years, although police did not disclose the nature of their relationship.   

Bradley was a graduate of Carroll College where he majored in theatre.

He directed the critically acclaimed Joe Turner's Come and Gone (winner of the 2006 OVATION Award for Best Production and Best Director), and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, which ran in repertory with Master Class. He also directed Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys (winner of Best Ensemble, L.A. Weekly Award, and Best Ensemble, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award) at the Fountain.

Ben produced the acclaimed productions of Yellowman, Master Class and Central Avenue, and co-produced the Fountain Theater's The Darker Face of the Earth, I Am a Man, and Four by Tennessee.

He also produced the Fountan's VOICES (HIV/AIDS) Theatre Workshop, which staged The Guilt and Innocence of Citizen Zed and in '98 The Tribe of the Blue Mud People, also an original work.

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