Natalie Mendoza, one of the lead actresses in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is negotiating an exit from the Broadway show, The New York Times reports. Mendoza, who plays Arachne, a spider villainess created by the show’s director, Julie Taymor, has not performed since Dec. 20. The Times says the production has explained her absence as a doctor-ordered vocal rest, but hints that she was badly shaken by the fall her cast mate and friend Christopher Tierney suffered on Dec. 20. Mendoza herself sustained a concussion during the Nov. 28 performance when she was struck in the head by a rope holding equipment while standing offstage. Arachne, a role which involves slower-speed flying sequences, is instrumental to the show’s plot, and delivers its title song and sings on five others. Representatives for Mendoza and the production have not confirmed her departure, but are said to be working on an official announcement. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is set to open Feb. 7.
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