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D.C. Theater Community Rallies Around One Of Their Own After Assault

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A longtime D.C. actor is receiving an outpouring of support after he was brutally assaulted early Tuesday morning.

After Monday night's opening performance of Forum Theatre's "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," Frank Britton celebrated with the crew and fellow cast members. Artistic Director Michael Dove says Britton later went to hail a cab not far from the Silver Spring Metro station. It was there, he says, that three to four young men repeatedly beat the actor and robbed him of his phone and other belongings.

Britton sustained injuries to his head and face and is scheduled to have surgery today to repair a shattered cheekbone. But Dove says that despite being in a lot of pain, the actor is in good spirits. Members of D.C.'s theater community created an online fundraiser to cover Britton's medical bills. In just a few hours, the site far surpassed its $3,000 goal, raising more than 10 times that in 10 hours.

"Everyone knows Frank. Frank goes to see every show. He's the first one to send you a message after he saw the play," Dove says. "And so in some ways I'm not surprised at all. It's a testament to sort of just how admired and respected he is in the community."

Dove says Britton is touched by both the financial and emotional support he's received.

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