Actor Frank Britton recovering after assault in Silver Spring

Longtime D.C. actor Frank Britton was assaulted last night in Silver Spring leaving the opening night of Forum Theatre's "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," according to the theater's artistic director, Michael Dove. Britton, who starred as Pontius Pilate, was allegedly assaulted by four men near a cab stand outside of the Silver Spring Metro station around 2:30 a.m. The men stole his phone and bag, and "smashed his face in pretty badly," according to Dove. A Montgomery County police spokesperson was unable to confirm the details of the incident at this time.

 Frank Britton as Richard in Shakespeare's "Richard III," performed in 2010 by the Washington Shakespeare Company, now called WSC Avant Bard (photo by C. Stanley Photography)
Frank Britton as Richard in Shakespeare's "Richard III," performed in 2010 by the Washington Shakespeare Company, now called WSC Avant Bard (photo by C. Stanley Photography)

Britton, who has acted in productions with WSC Avant Bard, Round House, and Spooky Action, among other local theaters, has been hospitalized and Dove says he will undergo surgery later today. Members of the D.C. theater community have started a GoFundMe page to help offset his medical expenses. The fund's $3,000 goal was doubled within an hour, and at the time this post was published, exceeded $8,000, with donations continuing to roll in.

As for "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," Dove does not plan to cancel any performances. An understudy will go on in Britton's place this week, and the artistic team will re-evaluate as Britton continues to recover.

"He really wants to get back on [stage]. That’s all he could talk about," said Dove.

Update 1:30 p.m., May 28. Via the Post's Backstage column:

The robbery occurred at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Tom Jordan, Montgomery police spokesman. A group of four to five males approached the victim, assaulted him and stole items, Jordan said. Police reported no arrests in the case as of Tuesday evening, and asked anyone with information to call detectives at 240-773-6800.

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