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Hayes Theater staff helps save theatergoer’s life at ‘The Cottage’

Stacey Luce suffered sudden cardiac death when the Broadway house manager and head carpenter stepped in.

On Aug. 15, Stacey Luce and her husband, Steve, excitedly entered Broadway’s Hayes Theater for an evening performance of the new farce “The Cottage.” It was the Dallas-based couple’s first trip to New York City and, after seeing “Wicked” on tour in June, they wanted to catch a few Broadway shows.

The two had been out walking in Times Square the night before and “the poster on the outside [of the Hayes] caught my eye,” Stacey Luce recalled. “I was like, ‘Hey, that’s ‘Will & Grace’ Will!’ Then I started reading, and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s George from ‘Seinfeld’ doing the directing. We gotta go.’”

The Luces bought tickets and made it to their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. curtain. Suddenly, “the room did a kind of weird vertigo spin and then went black,” Stacey said. “The next thing I knew I was in the emergency room at Mount Sinai West.”

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