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Theater Gone Wrong: Ethan Hawke Witnessed an Onstage Death

Hawke had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with scene partner Richard Easton in The Coast of Utopia.

There are few more dreaded sentences in the theater than, "Is there a doctor in the house?" But that was the phrase that rang out across the Vivian Beaumont Theater when Tony winner Richard Easton collapsed onstage during scene he shared with Ethan Hawke in Broadway's The Coast of Utopia in 2006. In this story of theater gone wrong, Hawke recalls the harrowing moment of near-tragedy that he calls "the most incredible experience" of his life.