Playwright Christopher Durang was injured in a fall in a concert production of "Kiss Me Kate" at Yale University in New Haven Saturday afternoon.
Durang, writer of "Beyond Therapy," "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You," "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" and the recent Lincoln Center production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"), fell when he was returning for a second encore in the song "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" which he was singing with composer Bobby Lopez ("Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q").
When he didn't get it it was clear Durang was seriously injured and the show stopped, the house lights came up and medical help was sought from the audience. Paramedics arrived and Durang was placed on a gurney and taken through the theater and out the front door to applause and cheers.
The show then continued 20 minutes after the fall.
Durang was taken to the emergency room of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Durang, 64, was part of an all-Yale alumni concert production of the 1949 musical which launched the year-long celebration commemorating the centennial of Porter graduating from the university.
The second and last performance will be held Saturday night with another performer, Asa Somers, who was also playing the role Paul in the show, substituting for Durang.
Durang was a 1974 graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
He is set to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame on Jan. 28.