Bradford O’Neil

Bradford O’Neil, 28, theater director, died Aug. 15 in North Hollywood. Cause of death was not reported.

At the time of his death, O’Neil was under contract with Viacom Pictures and had just completed a screenplay based on Dorothy Allison’s 1992 novel “Bastard Out of Carolina.”

O’Neil was a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

In 1989, O’Neil was one of eight directors nominated for the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award.

O’Neil was also awarded the Drama-Logue Critics Award in 1988 for “The House of Correction,” which he directed.

His theatrical career began in 1975 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where , as a 10-year-old, he performed in “The Winter’s Tale” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

By 1982, O’Neil was artistic director of the small professional non-profit theater organization, New Playwrights Theater in Oregon. At New Playwrights, several of O’Neil’s plays were produced to critical acclaim.

Survived by his parents, Bill and Rita; brother, Gregory; sister, Christine; and his grandparents.

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