The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1718  Tuesday, 2 September 2003

From:           Ted Dykstra <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Sep 2003 18:32:55 EDT
Subject:        Arrest That Actor!

Thought you'd all find this as strangely funny as I did.

Ted Dykstra

Shakespeare Actor Arrested for Sword
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When, five minutes before [curtain], one of the
leading actors in Portland's Northwest Classical Theatre Company's
production of "King Henry VI, Part 1" was arrested, his colleagues
ensured that the show went on.

Thaddeus "Scott" Carson, who played Lord Talbot, was hauled away from
the Terry Schrunk Plaza in handcuffs as 120 eager Shakespeare fans
waited for the show to begin.

According to police, an off-duty officer was jogging Saturday when he
encountered a fully costumed Carson, who was swinging a metal sword.

The officer said, "Hey, man. Be careful with that thing," according to
Henry Groepper, a police bureau spokesman. Carson started screaming and
swearing, according to Groepper.

Groepper said when Carson raised the 24-inch sword again, the officer
ran to a pay phone and called 9-1-1 .

Carson, 33, was arrested and accused of menacing and being an ex-con in
possession of a restricted weapon.

Listed in the play program as ``Scott Carson,'' police said Carson's
real name is Thaddeus Carson. Court records show he was convicted in
1994 of first-degree sodomy, rape and sex abuse.

Several of the play's actors confronted the police officers to explain
that Carson was an actor in a play, but the officers told them Carson
would be held from one to four hours while he was booked, said Donovan
Snyder, who played the Earl of Warwick.

With about 120 people waiting, Snyder said one of the play's directors
addressed the audience about the problem, and stepped in to read
Carson's lines.

The play, free to the public, was in its final production Saturday,
having been performed each weekend in August. The actors were volunteers
who have been rehearsing since the end of July.

Snyder said this time, life turned out to be far more dramatic than art.

"You don't often have to go to an audience and say one of our lead
actors has just been arrested," he said. "It was bizarre in the extreme.
I would have liked to have cued up the music and made it part of the

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.

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