No one in the American Theater had such a profound influence on the Los Angeles theater scene as Gordon Davidson. Almost singlehandedly, he brought enthusiasm and excitement to a town preoccupied with movies and television, and he put the Mark Taper Forum on the map as one of the most important regional theaters in America.
My personal experience with Gordon goes back many years. He directed my Hamlet, and was one of the producers of The Kentucky Cycle. He loved actors, and we loved him. His affability and charm, his passion for the theater, and his enormous talent as both a producer and director made all who were fortunate to know him and to work with him that much better at their chosen professions. He inspired us to reach for the stars, and even though he has left us, his legacy will live in our hearts forever.