Partner Tony Williams

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Charles Horne (November 23, 1945 - September 2, 1994) was an American playwright. His credits include the AIDS drama The Smoking Room and the documentary Our Sisters Are Dying. Horne detailed his battle against AIDS for a Syracuse newspaper. In the last year of his life, Horne had written occasional columns for The Herald-Journal addressing issues from the perspective of someone infected with the AIDS virus.

Horne's plays included "The Smoking Room," a drama set in a hospital AIDS ward. He also wrote and produced "Our Sisters Are Dying," a 30-minute documentary about women and AIDS, and he was working on a documentary about AIDS in prisons when he became ill.

Horne came to Syracuse in 1985 to direct an acting company at the Landmark Theater. He had also done graduate work in Germany and at the University of Massachusetts. Horne lived in New York City for about eight years, writing and directing plays.

He died here on September 2, 1994, at Community-General Hospital. He was 48. The cause was AIDS, after he suffered a stroke several weeks ago that left him paralyzed, the hospital said. He was survived by his companion, Tony Williams of Syracuse.


  1. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/05/obituaries/charles-horne-48-wrote-about-aids.html