HENRY DILTZ, AFP/Getty Images When Rhode Island's Newport Jazz Festival…
- Posted on Dec 6th 2010 2:00PM by Andrew Kerr
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As previously reported by Spinner, the preview show on Nov. 28 came in for heavy criticism after a string of technical malfunctions repeatedly brought the show to a halt. During the performance Natalie Mendoza, who plays new character Arachne in 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark', found herself stuck for 10 minutes, suspended above the crowd.
Now it has emerged that Mendoza suffered a concussion after being hit by a rope offstage, the New York Times reports.
"Natalie Mendoza suffered an injury and, on doctor's orders, will be out of the show for a brief time," lead producer Michael Cohl said in a statement. Although the actress did return for the second performance she has now decided to follow medical advice.
Her spokesperson Shea Martin said, "She's a professional actress, she wanted to go in and see if she could do it, and keep mastering what is a very technically advanced show."
The show features 27 flying sequences and countless pieces of moving scenery. According to the State Labour Department, the production has made modifications in an attempt to avoid further safety issues. A spokesperson for the department said, "The production has explained to us the details of the accident. They also indicated that they have made changes to prevent this type of accident from happening again. We plan to follow up regularly to ensure that these modifications are adequate." Until Mendoza is deemed fit enough to return her understudy America Olivo will take on the part of Arachne.