(Seth Walters’s article appeared on Theatermania, 7/10; via Pam Green.)
Hand to God Cell Phone Guy: "I Was Just Being Me"' itemprop="itemreviewed"> In the press conference to end all press conferences, Broadway's Hand to God welcomed back Nick Silvestri, the audience member who attempted to charge his cell phone on the production's set last week. Silvestri, a 19-year-old Long Island native, stood in front of the media outside the Booth Theatre to apologize for his actions and take questions. The experience, as you will see, got a little bit heated.
Silvestri's statement, in full, is as follows:
The past few days have been really crazy, and I wanted to have the opportunity to try to explain what happened and also offer an apology.
Ultimately, before coming to see Hand to God I downed a few drinks and I think that clearly impaired my judgement. Before the show started, I noticed that my phone's battery was low, and the only power outlet I saw was on stage. I think you all know what happened next, and I don't have a very good answer for the question that many of you are probably wondering: What was I thinking? I guess I wasn't really thinking. I don't go to plays very much, and I didn't realize that the stage is considered off limits. I've learned a lot about the theater in the past few days – theater people are really passionate and have been very willing to educate me. I can assure you that I won't be setting foot on a stage ever again, unless I decide to become an actor.
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