The Chicago Tribune reports that veteran actor Stacy Keach had a heart attack last week, during or immediately before a performance of the Ernest Hemingway one-man play Pamplona. The opening night performance—in which Keach, whose credits include everything from Planes and Titus to The Ninth Configuration and American History X, plays Hemingway himself—was canceled midway through, after the actor seemed “ill at ease” and unable to perform his lines.
Keach is expected to make a full recovery, and was released from the hospital today. Although Pamplona’s current run at Chicago’s Goodman Theater has been canceled, the actor is quoted as being anxious to reschedule as soon as his still-busy calendar has an open spot. “The first thing Stacy said was ‘When are we rescheduling?’” the theater’s artistic director said after a recent hospital visit. “I told him we’d figure that out. But first he had to have some rest.”