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Brother Augustine Towey, 1937-2012

 


Brother Augustine Towey left his mark on Buffalo's theater scene. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Yesterday, Buffalo's theater community received the sad news that Brother Augustine Towey, the founder and longtime director of Niagara University's theater program and a major force on the Western New York theater scene, had died at 75.

In 2009 -- in an event I'll always remember -- members of the theater community gathered in Niagara University's soon-to-be-renovated Leary Theatre to read from Towey's book of poetry "The Poem You Aked For." That event, mercifully for those who have never had a chance to hear Towey's poetry aloud, was recorded for posterity. Below, I am excerpting two pieces of poetry from the event well worth the hearing.

The first is the marvelous and very funny series of poems "When Christ Comes," read by Towey himself. The second is "Lazarus Afterwards," read by Towey's friend and frequent collaborator Vincent O'Neill.

 

And a bonus, Towey reading "You Are a Word God Utters to Me":

--Colin Dabkowski

 

 

 

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