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Actor Breaks Hand During Onstage Slap

What was supposed to be a fake slap became a real smack last weekend at the Huntington Theatre Company's production of "God of Carnage."

Thirty minutes before the end of the Jan. 14 matinee, Tony-Award-nominee Johanna Day, who plays Veronica, broke her hand when slapping cast member Stephen Bogardus during a scene. He was not injured.

A fight director had choreographed the scene, but a Huntington representative told, "Something simply went amiss this time around."

Day finished the performance and then went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a broken bone in her hand. The Jan. 14 evening performance was cancelled, and the production resumed shows the next day with revised fight choreography.

Huntington's "God of Carnage" is scheduled to run through Feb. 6.


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