Middlebury Actors’ Workshop Presents ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic allegorical work, ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,’ was an instant success in 1885. In a new stage adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, with an original electronic score by Middlebury College professor Peter Hamlin, the Middlebury Actors Workshop presents a smart, suspenseful psychological thriller that makes the familiar horror story scary again at The Paramount Theatre on Thursday, November 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available at the box office, 30 Center Street, Rutland, Vt. at 802-775-0903 or paramountlive.org.
On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self – Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain, free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave.
‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has become a catch phrase in the English language, because it refers to something so true,” says MAW artistic director Melissa Lourie. “In this adaptation, Jeffrey Hatcher throws away corny images of man morphing into monster, and instead explores the issue of good and evil in an original and exciting way. Also, he writes a really good suspense story!”
Lourie leads a cast of some of Burlington’s finest actors, including Paul Ugalde, Jordan Gullikson, Patrick Clow, J. Louis Reid, Chris Caswell and Marianne DiMascio. Middlebury actors Cody McGlashan and Kate Tilton round out the ensemble. The design team includes costume designer MaryKay Dempewolff, set designer Ellie Friml and lighting designer Christopher Belanger. The original musical score composed by Peter Hamlin was supported by a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation.