Aerialist Christopher Tierney's accident during a recent preview performance of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" was the result of "human error," according to a statement from the Actor's Equity Association.
The Hollywood Reporter has the official statement, which suggests that something went wrong in Tierney's preparation for a cable stunt that saw the actor plummet an approximate 20 feet to the ground from an onstage bridge. Tienery broke several ribs in the process and is still reportedly in serious condition at New York's Bellevue Hospital.
Although "Turn off the Dark" postponed a matinee performance scheduled for today, the show will go on as planned starting with tonight's latest preview performance.
Director Julie Taymor has broken her silence about the latest accident on "Turn off the Dark," the fourth in the musical's troubled history.
"An accident like this is obviously heartbreaking for our entire team and, of course, to me personally," she said in a statement. "I am so thankful that Chris is going to be alright and is in great spirits. Nothing is more important than the safety of our Spider-Man family and we'll continue to do everything in our power to protect the cast and crew."
Before this latest accident, several "Turn off the Dark" cast members spoke casually about the string of injuries that have plagued the show in recent weeks. Actor Patrick Page, who plays Green Goblin, said: "Being an actor is like being an athlete ... if a baseball player gets hit by a baseball, you think, 'Wow, we should really work to avoid that.' But we're not terribly surprised."
But actors uninvolved with "Turn off the Dark" have lashed out against Taymor and others involved with the show.
"They should put Julie Taymor in jail for assault," said "Rent" star Adam Pascal according to THR. "I hope [Tierney] is ok and sues the s*** out of Julie, Bono, Edge and every other a**hole who invested in that steaming pile of actor crippling s***!"
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