What happens when revolutions in science meet human depravity will be explored in the Linfield Theatre Program’s staging of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
The Linfield Theatre Program’s 99th season at Linfield and 16th season in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall continues with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Set in Victorian England, this taut play explores the famous fracturing of the self that Dr. Jekyll achieves, as well as what kind of monsters lie in each of us. Hatcher’s adaptation uses multiple cast members to portray Jekyll’s alter ego Hyde.
Performance dates are Nov. 1-3 and November 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. There will be a post-show question-and-answer session with the designers and director on Nov. 2.
There will also be a post-show roundtable on Nov. 8 on “Monstrous Psychology and Biology: From the Victorian Era to Today.” The discussion will focus on what makes a person a monster, what kinds of monsters might lurk within all of us and what we might do to rein them in or let them out. This event is free and open to the public—attendance at the performance is not required. The roundtable includes faculty Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Sreerupa Ray, Yanna Weisberg, Janet Gupton and Lindsey Mantoan.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Dakota Carter, Lucy Gordon, David Gray, Sam Hannigan, Calder Ifft, Antoine Johnson, Will Martin, Kat McCann, Danielle Metcalf, Melory Mirashrafi, Robert Santos, Adele Stireman and Nicole Tigner.
The faculty and staff creative team includes Janet Gupton, director; Derek Lane, scenic and lighting designer; Laurel Peterson, costume and make-up designer; technical director and sound designer Robert Vaughn, and Lindsey Mantoan, dramaturg. Also contributing to the design team are students Liam Home, lighting co–designer and Kat McCann, assistant sound designer.
Tickets are $9 for full price, $7 for seniors and Linfield faculty and staff, and $5 for students. There is a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at www.linfield.edu/arts and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and until performance time on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 3 and 10 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. For more information, call 503.883.2292. The Marshall Theatre is accessible. Please contact the box office for help with accessible seating. This play may not be suitable for all audiences due to subject matter and special effects.
This production is presented by the Linfield Theatre Program and is a Linfield PLACE event (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). This year’s PLACE theme is “Revolutions.” This play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.