CUE & A REVISITED: What's Your Worst Flubbed Line/Missed Cue/Onstage Mishap?; Over 75 Actors Respond

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15 Mar 2013

Madeleine Martin

Madeleine Martin
I was late for an entrance in August: Osage County because I was writing Valentines.

Shannon Lewis
I had a costume mishap when I was playing "The Wife" in Contact… I wore this large flouncy skirt with many layers. In the first fantasy section when she dances for the first time, I stood up from the table I had been sitting at and realized there was a large hole in one of the ruffles. I accidentally stepped through it and it started to unravel, becoming longer and longer until I had a 6-7 foot "tail" dragging behind me.

As the "Wife" you don't leave the stage for almost 40 minutes so I ended up twirling it and wrapping it around my body and using it like a feather boa at one point. I had cast members trying to pull it off as it danced by and I believe it finally ripped off near the end of her story. I was told after that stage management was close to stopping the show because it was so terrible, but they thought I was making it work so they didn't. Longest 45 minutes of my life.

James Van Der Beek
I actually love it when mishaps occur... I find it can infuse an energy of truth that positively affects everything after it... at least most of the time.

I once realized I had forgotten my watch while doing a Lanford Wilson play at the Signature - a watch I referred to constantly throughout the show - so I casually left my poor co-star on stage while I sprinted up to my dressing room and grabbed it. Poor guy had no idea what was going on.

Continued...

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