Bill Buell, who plays Jeraiah Jip, sustained a fractured ankle while off-stage early in the first act of the Jan. 16 performance. The injury was due to a mechanical malfunction involving a ballast weight for a garage door, which is part of the show’s set design.
There is no understudy for the role, and the remainder of the Jan. 16 performance was canceled as well as the Jan. 17 performance. CSC hopes to resume performances Jan. 18.
Performances of the farce began Jan. 10 at Classic Stage Company; opening is Jan. 30.
Directed by Brian Kulick, A Man's A Man stars avant-garde performance artist Justin Vivian Bond ( Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway, Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis) as canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick (a role originated by Brecht's wife Helene Weigel).
The production will continue through Feb. 16. The production also features Jason Babinsky ( The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ghost) as Polly Baker, Buell ( Cyrano de Bergerac, Equus) as Jeraiah Jip, Gibson Frazier ( Mr. Burns, The Internationalist) as Galy Gay, Martin Moran ( The Cradle Will Rock, Three Kinds of Exile) as Uriah Shelley, Steven Skybell ( Pal Joey, Wicked) as Jesse Mahoney, Tony winner Stephen Spinella ( Angels in America, A View from the Bridge) as Bloody Five, Ching Valdes-Aran ( The Wild Party, Macbeth) as Mr. Wang and Allan K. Washington ( Lost in the Stars, The Music Man) in the Ensemble.
Here's how the show is described: "In this early knockabout, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, innocent dockworker Galy Gay in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, where he is 'dismantled like a car' and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine."
A Man's A Man boasts a new score and songs by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik ( Spring Awakening, The Caucasian Chalk Circle). The production also has scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Kraus.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting classicstage.org.