Actors' Equity Says Spider-Man Injury Was "Human Error"

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21 Dec 2010

Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theatre, released its third statement Dec. 21, following the Dec. 20 injury of actor Christopher Tierney in the new musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre.

The 4:42 PM statement reads, "Actors' Equity Association worked today with the Department of Labor, OSHA and the production to determine that the cause of the accident at last night's performance of Spiderman was, in fact, human error. Further protocols are now being implemented, including redundancies recommended by Equity, the DOL and OSHA, to address this situation as well as other elements of the production. Equity continues to vigilantly monitor the production for the safety of its members."

Four injuries have been noted since Spider-Man began rehearsals: 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 two earlier statements. 9:43 AM Dec. 21: "We were informed shortly after the accident during the performance of Spiderman. We are working in cooperation with the state and city Department of Labor on this situation. We don't have a further statement at this time." 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."

A request by Playbill.com for an interview with Equity was denied.



The Julie Taymor musical is currently scheduled to officially open Feb. 7, 2011.