Peterpat (1965). Written by Enid Rudd
. Featuring songs by Walter Marks. Music arranged by Walter Marks. Directed by Joe Layton
. Longacre Theatre: 6 Jan 1965- 23 Jan 1965 (21 performances + 9 previews that began on 29 Dec 1964). Cast: Joan Hackett
(as "Pat"), Dick Shawn
(as "Peter"). Understudies: Ben Keller (as "Peter"), Nancy
6' (1.83 m)
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I can't work places like Vegas or the Catskills where people are belching. Maybe I belong in colleges. At least if I die, I die in front of intelligent people who know what I'm talking about.
The irony of his death on stage is that it went "unnoticed" because of Shawn's strict instructions to stage crews. He would tell all concerned that he was liable to do anything at any time, including pratfalls, and that they were not to react to this. At his last performance, it did not occur to anyone that something tragic had happened until it was felt that his lying motionless on stage had run...