Congratulations to the cast of Mad Cow’s Rashomon, director Michael Marinaccio and especially actors Ryan Gigliotti and Mark Edward Smith for showing what theater people can be made of.
Wednesday, when actor Roger Floyd had to bow out of playing the
Bandit — which is basically the lead role in Rashomon — because of injuries he apparently incurred during rehearsals, the rest of the cast went into high gear.
With 36 hours to prepare, Gigliotti, who was playing the Samurai, began memorizing Floyd’s role, while Mark Edward Smith (who wasn’t even part of the cast to begin with) stepped in to take over Gigliotti’s.
The two took on their new roles, lines and blocking and all, in front of Thursday night’s audience. And as far as I could tell (Jay and I happened to be there) they knew
what they were supposed to be doing backwards and forwards and inside out.
So a big hand for understudies (and people who didn’t even know they were going to be understudies until the proverbial whatever hit the fan).
My sympathies to Roger Floyd, and my congratulations to theater people everywhere who do what needs to be done.