At a recent performance of William Shakespeare’s the Comedy of Errors in Central Park, a mid-show thunderstorm ruined the soundboard and microphones were no longer available. Rather than canceling the show, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater chose to perform wirelessly.
A thunderstorm had begun a third of the way into the play, according to the Hollywood Reporter, thus delaying the performance. 600 members of the audience waited patiently as the storm passed.
On his idea to finish the show anyway, Ferguson posted on Facebook after the performance, “Did George C. Scott have a body mic when he did The Merchant of Venice back in 1961 at this same theater?”
He went on to say, “What proceeded was one of the most magical hours of my life… The brilliant De’Adre Aziza started where we left off, with her jazz-influenced version of “Sigh No More,” the audience snapping along to keep the beat. When Emily Bergl knocked a gun out of Tyler Caffall’s hand the entire company, in unison, yelled ‘BANG’ and then produced the dying cat sound that was meant to follow,” as quoted by the Hollywood Reporter.
Ferguson continued to describe the experience as it affected him deeply, saying, “I was so moved by this shared moment, the audience stayed completely still and silent to hear the final words of the play…that’s when I lost it. You never would have been able to tell because I was soaking wet, but I started to ugly cry.”
Ferguson currently plays the role of Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s sitcom Modern Family.