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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has hit another snag: Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion last month during the production’s first preview performance, is leaving.
Though no official statement has been released, two people who work on the show told The New York Times that Mendoza’s representatives and ‘Spider-Man’ producers have been working out an exit agreement for days. The sources requested anonymity since lawyers continue to fine-tune the details and have forbidden anyone attached to the musical to speak publicly.
Mendoza, who played Arachne (the spider villainess created by Julie Taymor for the musical), suffered a concussion on November 28 after being hit in the head by a rope holding some equipment. Though she returned three days later, she took another two weeks off after having nausea and a headache following her performance that consisted of flying sequences where she was spun upside-down.
Though Mendoza, her representatives, and representatives of the production refused to comment, the actress hinted at her departure in recent Twitter posts.
“Can feel a trip to India coming on & visiting my magic little orphanage Ramana’s Garden in Rishikesh. Raising funds as we speak. Be the change,” she wrote.
Mendoza is one of four actors to suffer injuries from the $65 million production which has seen its opening night pushed back four weeks to February 7.
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