Easton collapses during perf

Thesp takes ill during 'Coast' preview

NEW YORK — Veteran legit actor Richard Easton collapsed during a preview performance of “The Coast of Utopia” at Lincoln Center Theater Oct. 18.

The 73-year-old thesp was exiting a scene near the end of the show’s first act at the time of his collapse. The performance was halted and eventually cancelled, and Easton was taken to a nearby hospital.

According to a rep for Lincoln Center, Easton’s condition is stable, and he remains in the hospital for tests to determine the cause of his illness.

Performances of “Voyage” — the first part of “Coast of Utopia,” the three-play Tom Stoppard cycle that LCT is presenting over six months this season — will continue with Easton’s understudy. Thesp David Manis steps into the Easton’s multiple roles in the epic about intellectuals in nineteenth-century Russia.

There is no word yet if or when Easton will return to the show.

Easton won a 2001 Tony for his perf in another Stoppard play, “The Invention of Love.”

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