Sadly, alumni Omar Shapli passed away on December 29th. An Egyptian-born, American-raised Korean War veteran, Omar Shapli dropped out of the University of Chicago after falling in with the theatre folk who eventually founded Second City. During his time at The Second City, he wrote six revues as an ensemble member from 1963-1965. He has written, directed, and acted in numerous plays in Chicago and New York, creating a principal role in Mac Wellman’s Crowbar and, more recently, appearing as Polonius in Richard Schechner’s production of Hamlet.
While teaching his craft at NYU, CCNY, Williams, Emerson, and Dartmouth, he has attempted to preserve his sanity by writing poetry, some of which has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Café Review, Main Street Rag, New Orleans Review, and Small Pond, to name a few. He was married to the dancer-choreographer Tryntje Shapli and has three sons.
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