Jeff Weiss, an actor, playwright and "doyen of downtown performance" who received multiple Obie Awards, died on Sept. 18 at an assisted living facility near his childhood home of Allentown, Pa. He was 82.
RIP to NYC downtown theatre legend Jeff Weiss. I had the privilege of working on the 2015 revival of his serialized masterpiece ‘And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid’ @TheKitchen_NYC . A highlight of my life. He was such a genius, and so fiercely loved by all who knew him ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BdReD1rw2i— Jane Bradley (@jebrad88) September 19, 2022
Forgoing formal acting training — he reportedly quit Stella Adler's class after a single session, finding it to be an "offensive lesson in group therapy" — Weiss's made his onstage debut at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in 1964 in Robert Sealy's "Waiting Boy."In the ensuing years, Weiss would regularly perform at the storied venue, garnering attention for his eccentric and unnerving performances in productions such as Louis Mofsie's "Three Mask Dances" (1966); Jean Reavey's "Window" (1966); H.M. Koutoukas's "When Clowns Play Hamlet" (1967); and Julie Bovasso's "Gloria and Esperanza" (1969), among others.
His last performance came at La MaMa in May 2017.