Grad school and dating
March 2005(Parts of this essay began as replies to students who wrote to me with questions.)Recently I've had several emails from computer science undergrads asking what to do in college.
I might not be the best source of advice, because I was a philosophy major in college.
The Boston-born, Philadelphia-raised theater composer, who died Saturday at age 41 in New York from an HIV-related infection, researched his many off-Broadway shows like a documentarian.
He put President Andrew Jackson on Broadway in , but also dramatized everyday people, from born-again Christians to pornography stars, with the characters expressing themselves in the kind of songs they could have written themselves — had they had his talent.
“He was a brilliant thinker and needed more in the education department than what a conservatory could offer,” Hoenig said. Off-Center at New York City Center, which presented off-Broadway musicals, and was public forum director and artist in residence at New York’s Public Theater. “He always had eight irons in the fire,” said his father, adding that much of it was “five to 10 years on the horizon.” Though Friedman was nominated for numerous awards, his most meaningful nod came with a 2007 Obie Award for sustained excellence.
“Our possessions are only shadows, echoes of fate, the things you lose you never possessed,” were his lyrics in the 2003 Benj Pasek, a fellow lyricist and Philadelphian, called Friedman’s death “a shocking and devastating loss.” Whether he wrote songs or incidental music for plays, his work took the tone of his subject matter — plus the production around it.