Ray heads the theater program at ABAC and is directing the play. But his lead player bowed out at the last moment. Robinson attended the play on Thursday evening.
In an email this morning, she wrote:
"When you see Brian and Erin today, I hope you will give them a hearty high 5 and a healthy dose of respect.
"Less than 48 hours before opening, Brian lost his Petruchio due to unforeseen and very unfortunate circumstances. For those who know the play, you are well aware that no Petruchio, no Shrew. Not only did Brian hold the cast together, but he stepped into the lead role and the whole play came off with nary a hitch. You would never have known there had been a severe blow to this production had Brian not prepared the audience ahead of time. A director of lesser mettle would have simply cancelled the show and walked out. Brian, you did a superb job. And clearly you had the support of a well-rehearsed cast. From seeing the production, I could tell they rose to the occasion for a great performance. You deserve every accolade. They were great together and in supporting you.
"When Brian assumed the lead, he also vacated the smaller but important role of Vencentio, on whom the end of the play turns. Erin stepped into the breach with no warning whatever. I assume she had only one rehearsal—dress rehearsal! From her performance, you would have assumed she was there from the beginning; her performance was masterful, commanding, and convincing. I also assume she forewent Halloween with the children since she and Peter were both in the cast. That is certainly sacrifice to the cause beyond measure. Erin, a fine job.
"I’m always proud of you all, but last night Brian and Erin went beyond the extra mile."
The play continues tonight and Saturday at Howard Auditorium. The play begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free to students, staff and faculty with ABAC ID, $7 for the general public.