Daly City native Evan Pappas, who directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers last year for San Mateo’s Broadway by the Bay, was seriously injured in a car accident Feb. 19 while in Phoenix, Az., a tour stop for the production of On Golden Pond in which he played dentist Bill Ray.
Playbill.com reports that the 48-year-old actor/director and fellow cast member Kate Levy (who plays Chelsea) were in a vehicle struck by an SUV. The two were on a shopping excursion on their day off. Both, reportedly, were wearing seatbelts. Levy was unharmed, while Pappas’ injuries, according to Playbill, include “many broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken jaw and a collapsed lung.”
Pappas faces months of rehabilitation, and we wish him well and want him back in the Bay Area.
Last year, while Pappas was working in San Mateo, I talked to him about his career in Broadway musicals such as My Favorite Year and Parade as well as his early days with Peninsula Civic Light Opera and Beach Blanket Babylon.
Here’s what he had to say about getting older in show business:
As an actor it’s hard to stay on top. Jobs aren’t there the way they used to be, and people aren’t paying like they were. That’s not me being whiny and negative and bitter. It’s just a beast. We try to continue to be creative and pay the bills. We make changes. As I move more and more into directing I love it. We all find new niches.
Playbill suggests that we send cards and letters (but not packages or flowers) to Evan Pappas c/o On Golden Pond tour, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 2003, New York, NY 10036.