Rest in Peace, Joe O'Connor
It is with great sadness and shock that Clayton Community Theatre shares news of the sudden death of long-time member Joe O'Connor. A beloved member of the St. Louis theater community, Joe was an accomplished actor and director, having received Theater Mask Award nominations for direction of The Skin of our Teeth and for performances as King Henry II in The Lion in Winter, and Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, and most recently having performed in Bus Stop. He was in the process of directing Brighton Beach Memoirs (Sam Hack will take over direction). He shared his talents with many other theaters, having recently particularly enjoyed playing Fagin in Alpha Players' production of Oliver! and also performed in 1776 with Alpha Players and Lend Me a Tenor at Act Two, and directed Dearly Departed for the Theatre Guild of Webster Groves. In New York City he notably played The Butterfly Hunter in the New York premiere of Ionesco's Macbett and directed Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie and The Wedding by Anton Chekhov at Off-Off Broadway theaters.
Joe grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a graduate of St. Peter's Prep, Seton Hall University, and The Drama Studio of London. He had served on CCT's Board of Directors for many years and was currently serving as Vice President.
Services will be Saturday morning, March 3 (time TBA) at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 3500 St. Luke Ln, St. Ann, MO.