See UPDATE at bottom of story.
Dallas — Matt Posey, the founder and director of the Ochre House Theater, was shot outside a bar near Deep Ellum Monday night, according to a report from Fox 4 News. Posey was struck in the cheek, and has sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering in the hospital.
The incident happened outside Cold Beer Company, 3600 Main St., around 11 p.m., according to the crime blog on the Dallas Morning News.
"Police are not sure of the motive because the suspect didn’t say anything and didn’t take anything," the Fox 4 report says. "They are looking at the possibility that it was related to a gang initiation. Investigators are hoping to find surveillance video from nearby businesses."
This weekend, the Ochre House opened Posey's newest play Dr. Bobaganush, in which Posey stars. The Ochre House is in Exposition Park, between Fair Park and Deep Ellum.
This afternoon Ochre House released this statement: "Matthew Posey is in stable condition. He is expected to have surgery today, and to fully recover. He was shot twice last night, in the parking lot of a Deep Ellum establishment. Shows for this week, Feb. 1-4, have been cancelled, and we are in the process of contacting patrons. Thank you for your support of Matthew, his family and Ochre House Theater."
Posey was part of Undermain Theatre in its early years in the 1980s. He started the Deep Ellum Theatre Garage and was involved in other theatrical ventures. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, including True Stories, No Country for Old Men and the 2016 season of American Crime. He started the Ochre House in 2008 as a small venue (about 50 seats) for epxerimental plays mostly written by him and members of the Ochre House company, such as Kevin Grammer and Justin Locklear.
The theater has become known as a place for quality experimental theater, and for years Posey has paid his performers and artists a fair wage for their work. For the last several years the organization has partnered with the Dallas Flamenco Festival for an original work of theater and dance.
In our 2011 interview with him, he talks about his life, work, theatrical philosophies and the idea of deconstruction in theater.
We will keep you updated on his status.
UPDATE: Posey's recovery has gone well, but because he was shot in the face, he will need more extensive dental work than was originally thought. To help with those medical bills, a Go Fund Me page has been set up. Please donate if you can.