Cast accident during Rocky Horror Show performance Saturday night

Audience members at the late Saturday night performance of The Rocky Horror Showwere stunned to witness a cast accident that brought the show to a halt and sent the audience home prematurely. 

As Chad W. Fornwalt started to descend down the stairs from the highest part of the tri-level stage for the start of the “floor show” sequence, his stiletto caught in a rung and he crashed down roughly five stairs to the floor just next to the band on the middle level of the set.  Fornwalt plays Brad Majors in the production.

The actor initially appeared to be knocked cold by the force of the impact.  For roughly 45 seconds minutes, he did not move as show personnel called 911.  He then regained consciousness and was encouraged to stay still by cast and crew members while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.

At this point, approximately 11:25 p.m., the members were told that the performance was concluded and asked to leave to make room for the Emergency Medical Technicians who were on the way.

Reached this morning, Matthew Kacergis, Associate Artistic Director for Washington Savoyards, gave the good news:  Fornwalty was cleared by the emergency responders, and this morning reported that, aside from a few bruises, he feels fine.

Today’s final performance, today at 5pm, will go on as scheduled. Tickets are available.

Kacergis got the call about the incident while driving home after a long day’s rehearsal for Cinderella at Olney Theatre. “We are very grateful to our staff and the Atlas staff, for responding so quickly and perfectly. By the time I arrived, everything had been taken care of.” he told us today.

Anyone who has tickets from the Saturday night show who wishes to return today may call the Atlas Box Office, 202-399-7993.

Washington Savoyards will return to the Atlas next April for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Steven McKnight About Steven McKnight

Steven McKnight is a recovering lawyer who now works in a lobbying firm and enjoys the drama of political theatre on both sides of the aisle. He admires authors, actors, athletes, teachers, and chefs, and has dabbled in all of those roles with mixed (and occasionally hilarious) results.


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