Fall puts actor out of ‘Translations’

In the theater, “break a leg” is something people say to wish performers good luck before they go on stage. Stephen Cooper , it seems, took the idiom a bit too literally. Cooper is — or was — appearing in “Translations” at the Calderwood Pavilion’s Roberts Studio Theatre when, during a blackout before Sunday’s curtain call, he fell from a catwalk and crashed to the floor, crying out in pain. Cooper, we’re told, broke his ankle and badly injured his knee, and will not be able to continue in the role of Hugh. As a result, Thursday’s performance of “Translations” has been canceled, and when the show resumes Friday, Victor Shopov will be playing Hugh. In case you’re wondering, “Translations,” written by Irish playwright Brian Friel , is nothing like “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,” the Broadway musical that left several actors injured. “Translations” is set in a 19th-century Ireland village and deals with language and history.

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