Darius Ever Truly
Twenty-six-year-old Memphis actor Darius Truly was stabbed to death in what appears to have been a random attack in late October during a late night walk home from a Halloween party. He was here in Los Angeles appearing as Bobby Seale in Ron Sossi’s timely revival of The Chicago Conspiracy Trial at the Odyssey Theatre, the assault occurring after a performance of the play and only a few blocks from the venue.
I first and only experienced the amazing work of Mr. Truly once, on opening night of Suzi-Lori Parks' riveting The America Play at [email protected] Court last year. I found his soaring, fearless talent to be a glimmering signal of hope for the dismal future of the American stage for the next generation. His shocking and so desperately unnecessary death is simply heartbreaking… and is a palpable loss for the next generation of gifted artists trying to maneuver through the apathetic pitfalls of modern life.
Mr. Truly was the recipient last January of my Ticketholder Award as 2006’s Best Actor in a Featured Role for America Play and I also nominated him for a Back Stage West Garland Award for the same performance.
As I noted in my review of his indelible LA stage debut: “The electrifying performance of Truly, landing smackdab somewhere between Stephen Fetchet and Sammy Davis Jr., vibrantly epitomizes Parks’ whole point here: that for the still often curiously displaced and disenfranchised race of African-Americans, there is no real recorded history that has not, if you’ll excuse the expression, been whitewashed into oblivion.”
Will Mr. Truly be missed? My God, Mr. Truly will leave a hole no one will ever even guess how spectacularly he might have filled it.