There was a promise that I made to myself that I would refrain from writing about anything that was happening in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark for at least a year. Then last week happened, and I’m going to have to break that promise. Don’t worry, I’ll make it up to myself.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been widely criticized for its delay of performances, canceled previews, and massive budget, but things became much more serious last week when another injury occurred. On December 20, actor Christopher Tierney fell 30 feet while performing a stunt in the show. The performance was immediately canceled, as the curtain fell with seven minutes left to go in the second act. Tierney was immediately taken to the hospital where it was discovered the fall produced a fractured skull, a broken scapula, a broken arm, four broken ribs, a bruised lung, and three fractured vertebrae.
Anyone keeping up with this show knows that this is not the first injury to happen in the show. Actress Natalie Mendoza, who was playing the character Arachne, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance of the musical. Since the second preview, the role had been played by her understudy and another actress until Mendoza could return to the show.
Earlier this week it was reported that Mendoza was in talks to leave the show. Today it was officially announced that she would no longer be apart of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Though there has been no official statement for her reasoning for leaving the show, it should be noted that a series of injuries in the cast may have at least had an influence on her. Remember, besides her and Tierney’s accidents, Kevin Aubin broke both of his wrists while performing a stunt from the show for a group of investors.
Here’s hoping there will be no more injuries plaguing the Foxwoods Theare.