Friday, August 31, 2007

"Cut a Leg!"

After this incident, the official way to wish a performer well must be changed to "Cut a leg!"

ASPEN, Colo. — Julius Caesar lay dead and Brutus was talking to his co-conspirators about swords and blood when he paused and excused himself, saying "I seem to have stabbed myself."

SR: Okay, that's not a line from the First Folio. And it doesn't even scan. How lame.

Aspen actor/director Kent Hudson Reed accidentally cut his leg open with the knife he was using in an outdoor performance of "Scenes From Shakespeare's Julius Caesar" on Wednesday.

SR: "Scenes From Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?!?" So, Kent cut his leg open and he didn't even get to do the whole damn play?!?!?!

And by the way, "actor/director?" Kent directed this AND played Brutus? What is Kent Hudson Reed - - The Woody Allen of Aspen, Colorado!?!!?

He tried to carry on, "but my boot was filling up with blood and I was flubbing my lines, wondering if I was going to pass out, wondering if the audience could see the blood."

SR: His boot? He's wearing boots and a toga? Is this some concept production where all of the action takes place in a leather bar / bathhouse? Did Mary Zimmerman co-direct this crap?!?!

Portia (Susan Mauntel) took Brutus to a hospital for stitches and play narrator Tyson Young announced the performance was canceled. "That's what you get for trying to kill Caesar," he said.

SR: Tyson Young: The Henny Youngman of Aspen, Colorado.

Susan Mauntel: The Florence Nightingale of Aspen, Colorado.

The list goes on and on...

Reed said actors normally don't use real knives, but the scene was set up so none of the performers were close enough to hurt each other. "But I hadn't thought an actor might stab himself," he said.

SR: "An actor" didn't stab himself Kent Hudson Reed, darling. You did.

Reed said the show would go on, although Brutus might be limping for a while.

SR: "Et tu, limping Brute?"


lance's friend said...

OK, you can say what you want to about this production, but speaking as an (ex-) actor, every single flipping time I was in a Shakespeare play, somebody got majorly hurt. I mean, ambulance hurt. Shakespeare is freakin' dangerous, man!

Stephen Rader said...

Lance's Friend - Yep, Shakespeare is dangerous, but the danger can be lessened by... ummmm... let's see... NOT USING REAL KNIVES!! Oy...

lance's friend said...

Once when we were doing Hamlet, the boys were practicing the sword fight scene. The director didn't want the boys to get hurt, so he took away the fencing foils and let them practice with yard sticks. At which point, one of the boys proceeded to cut the s**t out of the palm of his hand on the yard stick. Talk about oy...

Stephen Rader said...

Lance's Friend - That takes skill - - cutting yourself with a yard stick. That's like college-level fucking up, isn't it? :)

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