Posted on 10/05/2009 12:00am
This Halloween season, indulge your dark side with a theatrically thrilling production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, playing October 16-25 at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre. This mesmerizing tale of inner demons comes to life in a way you’ve never imagined in this fiendishly clever adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of horror.
Journey to a secret room in London, where Dr Jekyll's experiments with exotic powders have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a villain free to commit the sins Dr. Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. Featuring one actor portraying Dr. Jekyll and four actors portraying Hyde, each Hyde reveals the many faces of evil that lurk within the hearts of men. "We all have an inner demon of some sort", says director Janet Mitchko, "and ultimately the light and dark sides of our nature must find a healthy way to co-exist. This play reminds us that no one is, or can be, entirely good or evil. Human beings are complex and we must make peace with all aspects of ourselves, especially the parts that make us uncomfortable".
Returning to The Public Theatre to portray the tortured soul of Dr. Jekyll will be New York actor Peter Crosby, last seen as Father Flynn in TPT's acclaimed production of Doubt. Co-starring as his primary alter ego will be actor Peter Simon Hilton, recently returned from the national tour of the Broadway play Frost/Nixon. Other cast members include Sheila Stasack, James Sears, Ken Glickfeld and Sandra Blaney. "It's a great cast" says Mitchko, "and it's going to be a wicked good show."
Composer Paul Caron will be creating the music which will underscore much of the production. "Paul did such a wonderful job when he worked on Dracula with us", says Mitchko, "we thought this project would be a great fit. It's a spooky set (designed by Jennifer Madigan) loaded with alleys and fog and shadows and all sorts of things to make your goose-bumps rise. The music, lights, and sound effects are going to be very important elements". Lighting designer Bart Garvey is looking forward to the challenge of sending shivers up your spine.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre, Oct 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25. A free post-show discussion featuring the cast and director will follow the Oct 18th matinee. Performance times are Thurs at 7pm, Fri and Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Adults $18, Sr/Stu $16, Group Rate (10+) $15. For tickets call The Public Theatre Box Office at 782-3200. For more information visit www.thepublictheatre.org.