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Memorial planned for slain theater director-producer Ben Bradley

January 11, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Bradley Hollywood's Fountain Theatre said today that it is organizing a memorial for Ben Bradley, a longtime director and producer for the company, who was found stabbed to death in his Mid-Wilshire home on Jan. 2.

The memorial will take place 11 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood. A spokeswoman for the theater said the memorial is open to the public but the Fountain is asking those who plan to attend to RSVP to fountaintheatre1@aol.com or (323) 663-2235.

The service will feature guest speakers, live music and a video montage celebrating Bradley's life and career, the company said. A potluck reception will follow at the Arts Center next door.  

Bradley is scheduled to be buried on Friday at the Fountain Baptist Church in Baltimore,  where his family resides. Flowers may be sent to March Funeral Home, 1101 East North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21202.

A veteran of more than 17 years at the Fountain, Bradley began at the company in the telemarketing department and worked his way up to producing and directing shows. He was scheduled to direct the West Coast premiere of Ifa Bayeza's "The Ballad of Emmett Till," which is set to open in February.

Born in Georgia, Bradley moved when he was young with his family to Baltimore, according to the Fountain. He graduated from Carroll College in Wisconsin, where he majored in theater. He later moved to L.A., where he worked at the Los Angeles Theatre Center as lobby subscription manager before starting at the Fountain.

Bradley was known among friends and colleagues for his passion for cooking; he would often cook for company members for opening night parties.

Stephen Sachs, the Fountain's co-artistic director, said in a statement today: "In memory of Ben, and because he cooked for us for all these years, we will now cook for him. The reception will be potluck. We are asking guests to bring a favorite dish, dessert or drink to feed Ben's spirit and soul and to celebrate his love of food."

Police have arrested Jose Fructuoso, 25, in connection with Bradley's death.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ben Bradley. Credit: Fountain Theatre

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