His background — including starring roles in Staples Players, and as a Carnegie Mellon musical theater major — sure paid off.
Last Sunday at 1 p.m. — while driving from New York for his 3 p.m. matinee — Clay learned he’d have to step in for an actor who was ill.
In addition to his own role, he’d play Prince Escalus.
Clay got a quick costume fitting, learned all his lines and blocking with his scene partners, and went on stage.
He’d already planned to arrive at the Playhouse early — to watch football games on the green room TV.
Instead, he asked his family to record them.
The show, after all, must go on.
And it has, with Clay playing his — and Prince Escalus’ — roles, ever since.