Two Protestors Attack Actor and Playwright During Show in Attempt to Set Fire to Madrid Theatre

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Two young men attempted to set fire to a theatre during a performance of a controversial play in Madrid and had to be subdued by an actor, the playwright and members of the audience, according to various reports.

The play Me Cago en Dios ("In God, I Shit") — a common swear in Spain — had drawn objection against the show's purported religious blasphemy. The one-man show, billed as a critical parody of the impositions of religious cults, played at Teatro Círculo de Bellas Artes (Circle Theatre for Fine Arts) in Madrid, starting April 21. Pedro Forero directed. Actor Fernando Incera and playwright Iñigo Ramírez de Haro — who had been watching in the wings — struggled with a protestor who rushed the stage, shouting, "Long live Christ the King!" and attempted to light the toilet-paper-adorned set with a lighter.

As an unknowing audience looked on, a second protestor joined the scuffle onstage, damaging equipment and attacking stage hands. After the playwright and actor cried out for help, five audience members — at last realizing this was not part of the show — came to their aid and finally gained control of the two attackers who were later arrested.

The play, which has seen stagings in Mexico and New York, ended its run one performance short as the actor and playwright sustained injuries.

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