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BRIEF: Actress faints but the show goes on

June 16, 2014

By Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

June 16--An unexpected drama took place Sunday at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, when actress Dakota Mackey-Magee fainted during the festival's final performance.

Playing the French princess Katherine, she was onstage when she collapsed early in Act One of "Henry V.". Another performer called for a doctor, and she was taken to a hospital.

Rick Dildine, artistic and executive director of the festival, said she was discharged this morning. He did not know what caused her to faint but said that today, she is well and in good spirits.

By the time the show resumed, production assistant Claire Stark donned Katherine's costume to play the role, carrying a script with her. Dildine pointed out that Stark had been with the festival all season and knew the character very well.

Judith Newmark is the Post-Dispatch theater critic. Follow her on Twitter @judithnewmark.


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