Traumatic Brain Injury


The Players

George Crane

Whatever happened to Oakley was almost a Greek drama. It was almost preordained, it almost had to happen. ‘Cause there was nowhere for him to go.

George Crane, a writer and poet associated with LCT in the mid-1970s, is the author of the internationally acclaimed Bones of the Master, Beyond the House of the False Lama and Never Got Killed, Never Got Eaten. His writing has been translated and published in 11 languages.

Robert Currier

Oakley Hall arrived at Irvine in the late 1960s and he was immediately a big deal.

Robert Currier studied at UC Irvine with Oakley Hall in the late 1960s. He is the founding artistic director of Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael, California. He received the first M.F.A. in Directing from UC Irvine and worked as artistic director of Ukiah Players Theatre and technical director for Jerzy Grotowski's Objective Drama Project.

Molly Fisk

I think, when I met him, nobody had paid close attention to him in a long time.

Molly Fisk met and befriended Oakley Hall III after his accident. She is a poet and teacher living in Nevada City, California. She is the author of the radio essays Listening to Winter and Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace. Kindness, the poem Fisk reads in the film, will be published in The Underside of the Leaf, the Back of the Fabric.

Blair Fuller

He wanted to be a boy genius. He sure did.

Blair Fuller is a writer and editor who co-founded the Squaw Valley Community of Writers with the Oakley Halls. He lives in Tomales, California.

Sofia Landon Geier

We kept a vigil for a long time for him, waiting for him to come back. Without him we were a little lost.

Sofia Landon Geier, a former member of LCT, is an actress, director, teacher, writer and chair of LOVE, HALLIE Foundation. While at LCT she also starred in the television series Guiding Light as Dianne Ballard (1977 – 1981). Sofia and her husband Ted Geier produced Daytime Unites for Africa in fall 2005, a TV campaign designed to help stem AIDS in Africa. She also co-produced the song What Can I Do for You? for the Hurricane Katrina Relief CD, One Life, Many Voices. LOVE, HALLIE Foundation is currently raising money to help children affected by AIDS and poverty. Sofia is the proud mom of M.J., 16, and Hallie, who passed away in May 2004 at age 11, as well as the proud stepmom of Josh, 20.

Sigrid Heath

These people had invested him with these qualities that he had to live up to… And that they needed him to live up to. And I thought, oh my God.

Sigrid Heath, a former LCT member, is an actor based in New York. Her one-woman play about aviatrix Beryl Markham, Wingbone, won the Berrilla Kerr award and was produced at the Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock and the Wall Street Theater in Kingston. A New York production is planned. Heath was co-founder of Byrdcliffe Actors' Theater where she produced her adaptation of Pirandello's At the Gate, with live jazz on stage. Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley, Heath appeared on Broadway with Liv Ullman in I Remember Mama, and was active in regional theater. She now lives in Kingston's Rondout and is working on her first novel.

Deborah Hedwall

He was the most enormous energy. Full beard and dark, piercing eyes—the kind of man that…takes your breath away and you’d forget what you’re doing.

Deborah Hedwall, a former member of LCT, is a New York-based actress, director and teacher. She received an Obie Award for outstanding performance and a Drama Desk nomination as best actress in Sight Unseen at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She has created roles in many new plays, including Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley, Extremities and Why We Have a Body. On television, she played the mother for two seasons on the critically acclaimed series I'll Fly Away, and her most recent films include Shadrach and Better Living with Olympia Dukakis. She has been involved in many new play workshops, including the Suntheater Playwrights Conference, the O’Neill Theater Conference, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Long Wharf Theatre. Recent television credits include guest-starring appearances on Law & Order and West Wing.

Michael Hume

[Tad] had an IQ of a 185 or a 189. I was kind of intimidated by that because…I didn’t think anybody was smarter than I was. And here he was a whole lot smarter.

Michael J. Hume, a former member of LCT, is an actor and director with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Hilde McNeil

The actors weren’t trusting the blood bags, and were still grabbing their wounds, really hard. The blood was projectiling out of the blood bags, across the stage….

Hilde McNeil, formerly Hilde Schuster, was director of marketing and publicity for LCT from 1977-1980 and the company’s successor, Capital Repertory Company from 1980-1989. She owns The McNeil Group, a graphic design firm serving the arts and entertainment industries.

Ramona Moon

The famous story is he was sitting outside the theater in Albany…and he was picked up by the police for vagrancy….the police wouldn’t believe he was the playwright.

Ramona Moon, a former LCT visiting artist, is a car artist and lives in Ohio.

Stephen Nisbet

He loved that vision of this reckless, outspoken artist, living at the edge.

Stephen Nisbet studied at UC Irvine and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco with Oakley Hall III and was a founding member of LCT. Nisbet is an actor and producer in the Off-Broadway and avant-garde theatre who recently performed with Living Theatre legend Tom Walker in Gerald Thomas’ Anchorpectoris (The United States of the Mind) at La MaMa E.T.C. and was seen in Matthew Freeman’s The Great Escape at Blue Coyote Theater Group. He had lead roles in Randy Gener’s Love Seats for Virginia Woolf at the National Asian American Theatre Company and A: D/B Project Space as well as Andrew Holleran’s In September the Light Changes at Dixon Place.

Steven Patterson

This is up in the Catskills someplace… the nearest town is seven miles away. And people came and they’d just stomp on the risers and scream at the end of the show.

Steven Patterson, a former member of LCT, continues to act and direct. He resides in Manhattan with his partner John Sowle, with whom he runs a small theatrical production company called Kaliyuga Arts.

James Rice

We looked in the water for him, but he wasn’t in the water, and then we heard this horrible moaning sound…

Former LCT member James Rice currently teaches theater at Dartmouth College.

Steve Rotblatt

Oakley had a reputation for being a brilliant playwright.

Former LCT member Steven Rotblatt is a Los Angeles-based animator who co-founded electronic greeting card company Rubber Chicken Cards with fellow former LCT member Richard Zobel.

Philip Charles Sneed

There must be something in the brain that survives all sorts of tragedy and all sorts of damage. And it’s an artistic impulse.

Philip Charles Sneed, the former artistic director of The Foothill Theatre Company, selected Oakley Hall's play Grinder's Stand for production by that company and directed the production. Philip is now an associate artist with the Sacramento Theatre Company, where he recently directed A Raisin in the Sun.

Richard Zobel

There wasn’t an actor anywhere, a writer anywhere, for theater who wouldn’t’ve given his left nut to be in our boots.

Richard Zobel, a former LCT member, was a Los Angeles-based actor and animator who co-founded electronic greeting card company Rubber Chicken Cards with fellow LCT member Steven Rotblatt. He passed away in the fall of 2005. Richard's film credits include Alex Cox's Walker in which he acted and arranged and performed music for the soundtrack. Notable television appearances include The X Files, ER, China Beach and Hill Street Blues.

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