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New Hampshire Theater Stalwart Beth Ann O'Hara Dies At 73

New Hampshire Magazine/Matthew Lomanno

The New Hampshire theater community is mourning the loss of one of its pillars.

Beth Ann O’Hara passed away Wednesday morning. She was 73.

O’Hara founded the New Thalian Players, with whom she produced and directed 50 plays over 25 years.

She was known simply as “mom” to countless aspiring Granite State actors.

A service will be held Friday in Manchester.

O’Hara was the mother of four daughters, including actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.

Silverman presented her mother with a lifetime achievement award at the New Hampshire Theater Awards in 2003:

“Loving, nurturing, caring, colorful – she used to wear two different color socks, I’m not sure she was aware of that – supportive, honest, strong and with endless creativity and energy. She gives us the feeling that we fill her heart with love and I think it’s because we fill her heart with love. Mom…we feel the same. You fill our hearts, as well.”

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