Lawrence Lott, 40, an actor who performed last season in two major roles during the Utah Shakespearean Festival at Cedar City and who had maintained close ties to Utah during the past several years, died on Jan. 24 at Greeley, Colo., of AIDS.
In the 1990 USF season he performed the roles of Vladimir (Didi) in "Waiting for Godot" and carpenter Jacob Engstrand in "Ghosts," both in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.USF Managing Director R. Scott Phillips said Lott "was a distinctive gentleman and always talked with fondness about his experiences in Utah."
Phillips said Lott had first acted at the Utah Shakespearean Festival when he was just getting into acting several years ago and had not actually performed again at the festival until last year.
But he had been in Cedar City every fall for the past 12 or so years to assist in adjudicating Southern Utah State College's (now Southern Utah University) annual High School Shakespeare Competition.
"Larry did a terrific job working with the kids on their Shakespeare and helping them discover the beauty and excitement of Shakespeare's words," said Phillips.
While noting that AIDS is taking a devastating toll on the nation's young and talented artists, Phillips said that Lott had, in recent years, struck a close friendship with Ana Dittmar, a psychologist on campus, who has indicated she is going to create a block for the national AIDS Quilt project honoring Lott.
Phillips commented that Lott's work with the festival during the 1990 season seemed, in retrospect, almost as if he anticipated this would be his final time with the USF.
Patrons who had seen him in "Ghosts" and "Waiting for Godot" noticed, however, that Lott looked healthy and robust - at least early in the season.
Phillips said Lott appeared to have been losing some weight toward the end of the summer, but that when he returned to the campus later in the fall for the high school competition he looked much more frail.
Lott owned a home in Los Angeles, but his parents lived in Greeley, Colo., where he had gone during the holidays.
An obituary in the Feb. 4 edition of Variety, the entertainment industry trade paper, said that Lott had acted in dozens of TV, film and theater productions. He was an adjunct professor of acting at the University of California.
His film credits include "Torch Song Trilogy," "Real Men," "Blackout," "Protocol" and "The Philadelphia Experiment" (the latter film shot partly in Utah).
He had also performed in New York and had recurring roles in several soap operas and television series.
He played the title role in "Macbeth" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and had appeared in "Antony and Cleopatra" at the American Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Conn.
He is survived by his parents.