Crane Jackson, actor and producer who started Theater Rapport actors’ workshop and performance center, died April 17 of a heart attack in L.A. He was 69.
New York native’s family moved to Florida, and he graduated from the U. of Miami. He moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and started Theater Rapport the following year, starting with “The Petrified Forest.”
Later he took an old bowling alley and converted into a 50-seat center to begin what Jackson called “The Uncommon Theater Series,” beginning with a production of “Moby Dick Rehearsed” and
In 1972, the play “Come Slowly Eden” earned three Drama Critics Awards. That same year he was granted a waiver from Actors’ Equity Assn. to charge admission for performances, one of the first Equity wavier theaters in the city.
Jackson produced more than 125 plays over 30 years.
On screen, he had small roles in “The Young Savages” and “W.C. Fields and Me.”
Under his real name, David Dreis, he edited and published a quarterly book review magazine called Rapport.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marta Dreis.