A community has gathered to support a local actor who was beaten on the street after a recent performance. Frank Britton is out of the hospital, but he is still unable to perform.
Nearly a thousand people have joined a Facebook group created to provide updates on the actor's condition. A website to raise money to help with his medical bills has also been created. The goal was to raise $3,000. It was doubled in just a half an hour.
They say the show must go on. But for the cast and crew of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, they are performing without their beloved colleague.
Before taking the stage, they were clearly moved by a video message from Britton.
One of the most well-known actors in D.C.'s theater scene was brutally beaten and robbed by a group of men early Tuesday morning outside the Silver Spring Metro station. He was on his way home from the production's opening night cast party.
“Anything that we do from now on, we dedicate to Frank,” said understudy Thony Mena. “We just want him back.”
He said for the past two days, there has been a line at the door to visit Britton in the hospital.
“We were all hurt by it, but to see Frank in high spirits kept us in high spirits,” Mena said. “He is so genuine, he is hilarious, he is caring. There is nothing but love in his heart.”
Britton underwent surgery and has been released from the hospital. But doctors say he will have to undergo additional procedures. He has no health insurance, so friends started up a GoFundMe account and the results so far have been astonishing. They have raised over $47,000 in just two days.
Production manager Michael Dove has known Britton for more than a decade and said he is not surprised by the outpouring of love and support.
“What’s keeping us all going and what’s keeping our efforts going is that we all know that if we were in this situation, Frank would be doing the same thing,” Dove said.
Britton told us he was feeling pretty weak after surgery and wasn't up for talking on camera, but he is extremely touched and very thankful.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the incident. Britton wasn't able to get a very good look at his attackers so they don’t have any lookout information. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the attack at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to give them a call.
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