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The man behind the curtain

January 11, 2014

George L. Surbuts, 91, of Burrillville, stands outside the 350-seat Assembly Theater, where he has 65 years of service as a theater administrator and chief technical adviser. Surbuts began working as a projectionist when the theater was used as a movie house in the early 1940s, and went on to learn all aspects of stagecraft, supporting the productions of the many theater troupes that have called the Assembly home. (Photo by Joseph Fitzgerald)

BURRILLVILLE -- The Assembly Theater’s still serving veteran administrator and chief technical advisor, 91-year-old George L. Surbuts has done it all over the past 65 years from working in the theater’s projection booth in the 1940s to handling stage productions to cleaning and maintenance.

He even played a small part in the Village Players’ production of “Harvey,” although he admits acting was never his forte and that he was always more comfortable working behind the stage than on it.

For full article, see Sunday's print edition of The Call.

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