Uta Hagen in Fall From Stage
The legendary Uta Hagen is back on her feet after a fall from the stage of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The actress Uta Hagen fell from the stage of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles last night during a preview performance of the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, co-starring David Hyde-Pierce. A TheaterMania phone call to the UCLA Medical Center confirmed that Hagen was admitted to the emergency room there, then discharged.
An official statement issued by the Geffen said in part that Hagen "accidentally slipped off the stage during a scene change in the second act and fell into the audience area. The show was momentarily halted and two audience members who were doctors examined Ms. Hagen. She eventually stood up on her own accord and received a standing ovation from the audience. She walked backstage with the doctors and a brief intermission was called by the house manager. At that point, Ms. Hagen expressed her desire to continue with the show....but management of the Geffen Playhouse decided to take precautionary measures and have Ms. Hagen evaluated at U.C.L.A.'s Medical Center. She left U.C.L.A. last night and was given a clean bill of health."
Barbara Hoganson, Hagen's agent, told TheaterMania: "She's such a trouper, she's fine. She'll be back on stage tonight." A source at the Geffen said that artistic director Randall Arney and managing director Stephen Eich were present in the audience.