Thursday, April 18, 2024

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage Rescued After Locking Herself into Lincoln Center Bathroom


The call for help went out at 2:42pm on Thursday, just while Donald Trump was having a nervous breakdown on national TV.

The Tweet: “I am locked in the bathroom at Lincoln Center. I have been banging and yelling if you see this tweet send help!”

It was from Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of “Sweat,” and author of the book for the upcoming Michael Jackson musical.

“Where are you?! I’m on my way.” Evan Cabnet, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theatre, replied immediately.

In the time before Nottage was rescued, a woman named Myra Slotnick wrote on Twitter: “Help is coming, I called security, they’re coming.”

Miranda Haymon tweeted: “evancabnet and I are looking for you!”

A woman named Michelle Guitierrez wrote: “remember when that happened on Kinky Boots? To the cast? During a show?”

Lisa Dickey said: “Given the events of today, it might be safer to just stay in there”

Ned van Zandt observed: “My mother was a big band singer named Durelle Alexander who sang with Paul Whiteman. She got locked in the bathroom at Rockefeller Center Dec 7 ‘41. News had broken about Pearl Harbor, people were panicking, nobody found her for hours.”

At 3:22pm, Nottage tweeted again: “I am out of the bathroom!”

At 4:06pm, she added: Thank you to all that came to my rescue. My appreciation is deep. For a moment I thought I might be stuck for hours.”

Cabnet was hailed by another Tweeter but demurred: “I can take no credit, Phil, but not for lack of effort.”

And that’s the glamorous life in the theater!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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