Seattle Rep Blog » Blog Archive » On Replacing an Actor at First Rehearsal:
One production here at The Rep, for instance, required replacing three actors going into tech (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). Or there was the time an actor called me the night before the New York Times was scheduled to review a play at New York Theatre Workshop to say he was going to LA in the morning to audition for a pilot. Or there was the time when an actor broke her leg on stage (careful how you wish an actor luck) at final dress. Or the time two dancers fell into the pit at Arena Stage at the second preview of On The Town. Or, during RENT when the playwright died after the dress rehearsal (rest in peace Jonathan).
Shit happens in theater. And as one of my mentors always said to me, the answer is always right under your nose.