Stacy Keach had heart attack during 'Pamplona'

The actor Stacy Keach suffered a mild heart attack during the opening night performance of Jim McGrath's "Pamplona," Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls told the Tribune on Tuesday.

That May 30 performance, attended by critics, friends of the theater and board members, was canceled mid-performance after the actor, now 76, appeared unwell, ill at ease and demonstrably unable to perform the text as written.

Falls said he was speaking on behalf of, and with the permission of, Keach, who is remaining in Chicago with his wife for the near future.

Falls also said that when he went to to see the actor following the worrisome opening night, he was sitting up in his hospital room with a script for "Pamplona," the solo play about Earnest Hemingway, in his hand.

"The first thing Stacy said was 'when are we rescheduling?'" Falls said. "I told him we'd figure that out. But first he had to have some rest."

Keach, Falls said, is expected to be released from hospital Tuesday and to make a full recovery.

Keach remains a busy TV and film actor, so the most likely slot for the Goodman to re-stage "Pamplona," Falls said, would be in 2018. 


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