New York State Department of Labor to Visit Foxwoods Theatre; Actors' Equity Issues Stronger Statement

News   New York State Department of Labor to Visit Foxwoods Theatre; Actors' Equity Issues Stronger Statement
 
Following the injury of actor Christopher Tierney at the Dec. 20 performance of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, safety inspectors from the New York State Department of Labor will visit the Foxwoods Theatre Dec. 21, according to the New York Times.

The inspectors, according to the New York daily, will examine the equipment that appeared to malfunction at the Dec. 20 preview.

Leo Rosales, a spokesperson for the Department of Labor, told the Times, "We’ll be talking to the production team, checking the harnesses, cables, and other equipment, and trying to determine what happened, and we’ll have more information after that."

On Nov. 26 the New York State Department of Labor's safety inspectors had approved all 27 flying sequences in the new musical.

In addition to Tierney, actress Natalie Mendoza suffered a concussion during the first preview of the musical. And, prior to the commencement of performances, two actors were injured attempting stunts: One actor broke both his wrists, the other both his feet.

Actors' Equity issued a second, stronger statement at 11:29 AM Dec. 21: "Actors' Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place." The Julie Taymor musical is currently scheduled to officially open Feb. 7, 2011.

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