Injuries Force Simon Jones From 'The Memorandum'

Actor Simon Jones has withdrawn from the Actors Company Theatre's upcoming Off-Broadway production of "The Memorandum," the company announced today.

Jones, one of the company's artistic directors, was scheduled to play the character of Joseph Gross in the Václav Havel comedy. The actor was forced to withdraw as a result of injuries sustained in an Oct. 8 incident when he and his son were struck by a car while walking home from seeing the Broadway production of Noel Coward's "Brief Encounter." Neither Jones nor his son suffered any broken bones, but both walked away with bruises and abrasions.

"We had a second 'brief encounter,' but this time with several tons of metal," Jones said in a statement.

Jones will be replaced by fellow company member James Prendergast. "The Memorandum" begins previews Oct. 25 and opens Nov. 4 at the Beckett Theatre.