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Baby Born at Vienna's Burgtheater

Burgtheater Vienna_June 2006 Vienna's youngest theatergoer was introduced with enough real-life drama to upstage the actors. Following a performance of Phaedra late last week at Vienna's prestigious Burgtheater, a woman gave birth in the theater's lobby.

The 40-year-old pregnant woman, identified only as Miryam S., reportedly went into labor shortly after the end of the performance on Friday and gave birth to a baby boy before the ambulance could arrive. Mother and child were then taken to a hospital and both were doing well, according to Sunday's daily Kurier.

German director and Burgtheater chief Matthias Hartmann, who is helming the sold-out production, called the birth "an historic occasion" and said, "Maybe he should be called Hippolytus or Theseus after the two leading male characters" in Phaedra. Hartmann also promised that the boy would be honored with lifelong free entrance to the theater.

-- Daniel Lehman

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