August 31, 2007

Et Tu, Shylock?

Um, can we check that script again?

ASPEN, Colo. - Julius Caesar lay dead and Brutus was talking to his co-conspirators about swords and blood when he paused and excused himself, saying "I seem to have stabbed myself." Aspen actor/director Kent Hudson Reed accidently cut his leg open with the knife he was using in an outdoor performance of "Scenes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar" on Wednesday.

He tried to carry on, "but my boot was filling up with blood and I was flubbing my lines, wondering if I was going to pass out, wondering if the audience could see the blood."

Portia (Susan Mauntel) took Brutus to a hospital for stitches and play narrator Tyson Young announced the performance was canceled.

"That's what you get for trying to kill Caesar," he said.

Reed said actors normally don't use real knives, but the scene was set up so none of the performers were close enough to hurt each other.

"But I hadn't thought an actor might stab himself," he said.

Reed said the show would go on, although Brutus might be limping for a while.

Portia? No doubt she wanted to ask the docs if she could borrow a pound of flesh.

Too bad they cancelled the rest of the performance - I was looking forward to Mark Antony brooding over Yorick's skull and Cassius watching the approach of Birnham Wood.

UPDATE: My bad. Turns out there is a Portia in Julius Caesar, a fact I certainly didn't remember and didn't bother to check before going for teh funny. Oops.

Posted by Robert at August 31, 2007 08:10 AM | TrackBack

Ummm ... Portia, as in Brutus' wife.

Posted by: Gunner at August 31, 2007 05:26 PM

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely . . aaaaagh . . ."


"He must have died while writing it."

"If he was dying, he wouldn't have bothered to carve out 'aaaaggh'."

"Perhaps he was dictating . . . "

Posted by: The Colossus at August 31, 2007 05:28 PM

I have to admit I did a double take and then began running Dramatis Personae in my head. I'd love to see Cassius brooding over Birnham Wood though. Reminds me of the Hamlet Game.

Posted by: Taleena at September 1, 2007 10:50 AM

I do love your funny, but that's Shakespeare for you. He loved to retread names/characters. At least Portia is Latin in origin.

Posted by: tee bee at September 2, 2007 05:43 PM