Think the Pirates and Diamondbacks were intrepid to play through the thunder, lightning and rain last night? They've got nothing on the cast of Quantum Theatre's "The Golden Dragon" and the Ladies Night audience that say through nature's light show and about 20 minutes of pouring rain to reach the emotional conclusion.
I had my own umbrella and many more were handed out to audience members who squirmed a bit in their seats but weren't about to leave as long as the show went on. The actors even bounced around bobbing wooden pallets, attached to the concrete walkway over Lake Carnegie in Highland Park (above, during a rehearsal), where Quantum had created stands on the shore.
The cast -- Gregory Johnstone, Aidaa Peerzada, Curtis Jackson, Catherine Moore and Mark Conway Thompson all did their best to ignore the conditions. Peerzada, in particular, was in the spotlight as the rain came pouring down, and kept going, and going, and going ...
I worried that perhaps lightning could endanger the actors, with their wired headsets, but admired their spirit -- and that of audience members who remained -- to reach the end of the play.