benge-chadwick-obitLongtime Santa Monica Playhouse performer, graphic artist, designer, computer specialist, author, philosopher and poet Timothy Benge-Chadwick passed away Feb. 12 after a long illness. He was 57.
Active with the Santa Monica Playhouse for over 30 years, Benge-Chadwick designed the playhouse’s proprietary computer box office system and web page as well as the cartoon graphics for its long-running Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother, the special effects for Michael Green’s The Art of Coarse Acting and nearly 100 logos for productions and special events.
His dozens of cartoon cutout drawings for last year’s acclaimed production of Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly received special praise from the press. As a playhouse performer, he originated the role of Stuffy Steve in the Family Theatre musical And Awaaay We Go, was featured in the world premiere
adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground and appeared in Abandon All Hopes, for which he was also a contributing writer.
Benge-Chadwick was also a published author of short stories and poems.
A playhouse spokesperson said he will be missed by all who knew him and his work will live on in the upcoming Actors’ Repertory Theatre productions of A Hansel and Gretel Halloween and The Amazing American Melodrama.
Benge-Chadwick was a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army veteran and will have a private military burial. A memorial service will be held in his honor at Santa Monica Playhouse at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Cat Assistance Network c/o Nancy Barr-Brandon, founder and president, P.O. Box B, Allenhurst, NJ 07711, catrescue@monmouth.com.

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