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It took just a few seconds, but Nick Silvestri’s impulse to recharge his cell phone while attending a Broadway play — on stage, no less — has garnered national attention.
It all went down when the 19-year-old Silvestri, a 2014 graduate of Seaford High School on Long Island where he played on the lacrosse team as an attackman, was attending a performance of the Broadway show “Hand to God” on July 2.
Silvestri, who now plays lacrosse at Nassau Community College, jumped on stage right before the curtain rose to start the play to charge his phone when he spotted an outlet that was actually fake. Upon discovering that, he jumped right back off.
The videotape of the incident went viral, and on Friday, Silvestri held an impromptu press conference, in which he read a prepared statement that includes a reference to lacrosse:
“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 judgment. 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.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to the Broadway community, all the other people in the audience that night, and most importantly the cast and crew of ‘Hand to God.’ I am on my college lacrosse team, and I know just how bad it feels when you are out there working your ass off, and it feels like the crowd isn’t on your side or isn’t paying attention. I feel terrible if any of the amazing actors in this show felt at all disrespected by my actions.
“Going to see a Broadway show is one of the most special things you can do in New York City, and if I want to give one message to folks out there it’s that you should give your complete attention to the actors on stage.
“You can make phone calls and send text messages all day long, so when you’re in the theater for a couple hours, just put the phones away and enjoy the show. Once again, I’m sorry for my actions, and I hope that I can become an example of a great theatergoer in the future. Thank you so much for listening.”
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