Hammond Car Crash Makes Early End For "Tru"



By Claire Walla

The closing Sunday night performance of Darrell Hammond’s one-man show “Tru” at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor was cancelled in the wake of a car accident this past weekend involving the 55-year-old actor.

According to reports from Bay Street, Hammond was traveling in the passenger’s seat of a friend’s vehicle on Saturday afternoon, June 25 when there was a collision near Tyndall Road in North Haven. The actor was bruised but there is no report of broken bones.

Bay Street’s director of marketing and public relations, Tim Kofahl, noted that Hammond was checked-out at Southampton Hospital but released shortly thereafter.

“He’s back in the city now,” Kofahl continued, adding that the actor suffered bruises as a result of the accident. “He’s seemingly doing fine.”

Kofahl went on to explain that Hammond and a friend were on their way to a patron’s benefit when the accident occurred. He rejected claims made earlier this week by New York Post gossip site Page Six that the vehicle that hit them had been traveling at speeds that reached 70 miles per hour.

Hammond gained notoriety for his impressions of former President Bill Clinton and mega-millionaire Donald Trump during his 14-year stint on “Saturday Night Live.” The celebrated comic stepped into the role of Truman Capote in Jay Presson Allen’s play “Tru” to favorable reviews for Bay Street’s first show of the summer season.

In the wake of the accident, Kofahl confirmed that Bay Street cancelled the Saturday show at 8 p.m. and the Sunday show at 7 p.m. All tickets have been refunded or have been transferred to other shows.

Because Hammond had to miss two earlier performances due to illness, Kofahl said this makes four shows that have been canceled in total.

“It effects us as a not-for-profit professional theatre,” he continued. “It does significantly impact our funds.” The next scheduled performance will be “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” which will begin in preview next Tuesday, July 5, which is a pay-what-you-can performance with a limited number of tickets being sold at the box office for the performance after 2 p.m.