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Theater Journalist Randy Gener Left Unconscious After Brutal Midtown Assault

Gener is in stable condition at St. Luke’s Hospital after undergoing brain surgery. Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. logo
Randy Gener
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Award-winning theater journalist Randy Gener is recovering after an attacker left him unconscious in a pool of his own blood in the early hours of Friday, January 17. Gener was walking home to his apartment in midtown after leaving a friend's party at 3am. Earlier that evening, he had attended the opening night of Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway production of Machinal. He was assaulted near the corner of 54th Street and 7th Avenue. "Three more minutes he would have been in his own bed," Gener's husband, Stephen Nisbet, told CBS New York.

Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. They describe his assailant as a male in his 20s, roughly six feet tall and 160 pounds. After punching Gener in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the pavement, the attacker fled in a gray four-door Nissan with Mississippi license plate #KAT397. Anyone with any information on the attack is urged to visit

Gener is an important voice in the New York theater community. His writing on the stage has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. He served as a senior editor for American Theatre and has contributed to several books including Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre and Performance. In addition, he is an active board member of Drama Desk. You can visit his blog here.

Members of the theater community held a candlelight vigil on January 26 near the spot where Gener was attacked.

Since the assault, Gener has undergone brain surgery at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital where he's listed in serious but stable condition. He is scheduled for further procedures. Gener's family and friends are currently raising funds to help offset his medical expenses. You can donate here.


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