The Loss of Nameless Things
In 1978 Oakley Hall III was in every sense an enfant terrible. He was 28, the charismatic playwright and cofounder of the Lexington Conservatory Theater in upstate New York, and his work had been optioned by Joseph Papp's Public Theater. He had just completed work on his epic verse play, GRINDER'S STAND, when his life was violently interrupted: He suffered horrifi c head injuries in a fall from a bridge, was hospitalized for nearly a year and incapacitated much longer. This is the haunting story, told in interviews with colleagues and family (his father is an acclaimed writer himself) and extensive archival footage, of Hall's fall from grace and the hard-won resurrection of a life. Rose evokes the early '70s and the artistic volcano that was Oakley Hall III and his cohorts as if it was yesterday.