Actor Injury Prompts Westport to Cancel Oct. 14 Performance of Twelfth Night

News   Actor Injury Prompts Westport to Cancel Oct. 14 Performance of Twelfth Night
The Westport Country Playhouse has cancelled the Oct. 14 8 PM performance of Twelfth Night, or What You Will following a serious injury sustained by one of the cast members.

A representative for Westport was unable to elaborate on which cast member had been injured in the Shakespeare classic directed by Westport artistic director Mark Lamos. However, cast member Darius de Haas (Children of Eden, Carousel), who plays Feste in the production, tweeted Oct. 14 that he had sustained an Achilles tendon injury and was working with the cast to reblock his scenes.

Ticketholders for the Oct. 14 performance can phone Westport for an exchange for another performance throughout the run, which continues through Nov. 5. Performances are expected to resume Oct. 15 at 8 PM.

The cast also features David Adkins (St. Joan, Next Fall) as Sir Toby Belch, Susan Kelechi Watson (Naked Girl on the Appian Way) as Olivia, Paul Anthony Stewart (Fiddler on the Roof) as Antonio and Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Ruined, In the Next Room…) as Maria.

Completeing the cast are Mahira Kakkar (Rafta… Rafta…) as Viola, Rachid Sabitri (Rafta Rafta…) as Sebastian, Jordan Coughtry (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Lucas Hall (Merchant of Venice, Othello) as Orsino, Rick Ford (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Captain/Priest, Justin Kruger (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Fabian/Valentine, as well as Nakeisha Daniel and Kimberly Maresca as Olivia's Attendants, and Myron Lee and Chris Ryan as Orsino's Attendants.

"I first encountered this magical play as an actor at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut," Lamos said in a statement. "It was the play's remarkable mix of comedy and pathos, sadness and joy that meant so much to me. Though I'd acted quite a bit of Shakespeare by then, this play seemed unusually rich, strange and satisfying. The chance to revisit a play in which music is the food of love - and happiness and melancholy are entwined so perceptively and humorously - is irresistible." Twelfth Night has scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by John Gromada and fight direction by B. H. Barry.

For tickets, visit WestportPlayhouse.

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