Fredda Briant, 88,
Union Business Representative
Fredda Pearl Briant, former business representative of Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, passed away on Sun., Sept. 10. She served as business representative for over two decades and had over 60 years in the business ranging from films, television, commercials, industrials and legitimate theater.
She began her career as a ballet dancer in 1930. When she married August Walter Briant she took on management of his comedy and mime act: a role that would last for 20 years. On Broadway, she served as wardrobe supervisor on popular productions, including "Guys and Dolls," "The Sound of Music," and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."
David M. Haskell, 52, Actor
Actor David M. Haskell died of brain cancer Wed., Aug. 30 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 52.
Haskell is most widely known for his starring role in the original 1970s New York staging of Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell." The actor also appeared in the film version of the musical, which began its New York run Off-Broadway before making its way to Broadway. His other stage credits include a Lincoln Center production of "Measure for Measure" with Meryl Streep, and the South Coast Repertory Theatre's "Benefactors" in 1997.
Haskell's TV and film credits include the role of Nick Hartley on the soap opera "Santa Barbara," numerous guest spots on episodic TV, and the films "Deal of the Century," "Body Double," and "The Boost."
Dr. Seymour Syna, 71,
Critic and Director
Critic-director Dr. Seymour Syna died of a heart attack on Thurs. Aug. 24 in Vancouver, British Columbia, as he was leaving a cruise ship after a ten-day trip to Alaska. He was 71.
Syna had directed in various summer theatres and resident theatres before becoming the on-air theatre critic for WNYC-TV, Channel 31. He was also a freelance critic and writer for Back Stage, New York Tribune, New York Theatre Review, and East Village Other.