During some dialogue back and forth, Campbell missed a line. But it wasn’t just a memory slip, Baez says — “it just came out all gibberish and his body just turned to rubber right there in front of everybody.”
Thinking his partner was temporarily lightheaded, Baez improvised, setting Campbell in a chair and saying something like, “Why don’t you sit this song out?” But things got worse.
He’d suffered a stroke. In a matter of seconds Baez had carried him offstage, with the show’s drummer Nick Oyler — who is a registered nurse — jumping to Campbell’s aid. He was rushed to the hospital.
A benefit concert has been organized by members of the local theater community, as well as some of Campbell’s students from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School where he teaches.