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Ronald Tavel

Ronald Tavel died on Monday, March 23, 2009 while returning home to Bangkok from a planning session for the "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" festival in Berlin which took place October 28 - November 1, 2009.

His death was reported on Web India as follows:

  Ronald Tavel death notice

At the time of his death Tavel was working on a new play , Cheap Jewelry: A Fruit Basket for Jack Smith, for the festival in Berlin. After his death, his play The Life of Juanita Castro, was performed at the festival as a tribute to him. Mario Montez came out of retirement to perform in the play in honour of Ron.

Ronald Tavel's website is at:

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Ronald Tavel
Screen Test (1964)


Letter from the Live Film! (jack smith) Festival | Joint Press Release from the Arsenal Institute and the Hebbel-am-ufer Theater | New York Times Obituary | Village Voice Obituary | New York Post | Lausitzer Rundschau | Augsburger Allgemeine | Deutschlandradio | Münsterländische Volkszeitung | Der Tagesspiegel | Handelsblatt | Saarbrücker Zeitung | Radio Orf | Far Eastern Economic Review | Il Manifesto | Artkey


Vaginal Davis has mentioned Ron's death on her blog page at: (scroll down) | Dennis Cooper, who had the same literary agent as Ron has mentioned his death on his blog page at: | Donald Brooks has mentioned Ron on his blog page at: | | a tribute from a new Tavel fan here | article about the Gob Squad's 2008 London production of Kitchen - based on the script that Tavel wrote for Warhol - can be found in Time Out (London) at: | The blurb from the Moderna Museet's "Andy Warhol: Other Voices Other Rooms" exhibition which includes Tavel's credits for some of the Warhol films can be found at: | The same films were also shown as part of Hayward Gallery's "Andy Warhol: Other Voices Other Rooms" exhibition in London in 2008/9 | Descriptions in the Guardian of some of the films that Tavel scripted for Warhol when they were screened as part of the Warhol retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2002, including Horse ("Concocted by Warhol's brilliant writer Ronald Tavel"), Screen Test No. 2 ("an uninhibited, sadistic Tavel") and Space can be found at:,,641355,00.html | A New York Times review of the 1986 production of Ronald Tavel's Notorious Harik Will Kill the Pope can be found at: | A New York Times review of the 1985 production of Tavel's My Foetus Lived on Amboy Street can be found at: | A New York Times review of the 1983 production of Tavel's Success and Succession, can be found at:
| An excerpt from Tavel's previous book, Street of Stairs, can be found at:

Photos of Ronald Tavel from his Warhol days, taken by Billy Name, can be found here. | Photos of Ronald Tavel in Germany in 2001 on Vaginal Davis' website can be found at: (scroll down).

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rose tattoo for ron

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