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Arena Stage Loses Carla Harting to Bike Accident

Carla Harting, the leading lady in Arena Stage's Legacy of Light, will be sitting out the production's remaining performances due to a broken leg. Woolly Mammoth's Jennifer Mendenhall will fill in for Harting through June 14, when the show ends.

Full press release after the jump. Bob Mondello's review of the Legacy of Light here.

(Washington, D.C.) Due to a bike accident in the D.C. area, actress Carla Harting has suffered a broken leg with compound fractures and will no longer be able to continue in the role of Olivia in the Arena Stage production Legacy of Light. Legacy of Light, written by D.C. playwright Karen ZacarÍas and directed by Arena Artistic Director Molly Smith, runs until June 14 at Arena Stage in Crystal City. For the remaining performances, Jennifer Mendenhall (Woolly Mammoth company member) will join the cast in the role of Olivia.

“We all send Carla our best wishes for a quick recovery, and we're grateful that the accident wasn't worse. She will be missed!” comments Smith. “Jennifer is a wonderful actress, who is intellectually sharp and quite funny – so many of us here in D.C. have enjoyed seeing her perform in area theaters. We're glad that she is able to join us at Arena, and I'm excited to experience her interpretation of the character of Olivia.”

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