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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by: Jeffrey Hatcher
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 2009
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822223074
ISBN-13: 9780822223078
Cast Size: 2 female, 4 male (doubling)

About the Play:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Male Monologues.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The timeless tale about the good doctor, Henry Jekyll, and his dark echo, Edward Hyde. Stripping away the melodrama and romantic distractions of the novel, Jeffrey Hatcher develops a smart and suspenseful take on the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an exciting, suspenseful, and engaging adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of good and evil. Set in the late era of Victorian London, the highly regarded and moral Dr. Henry Jekyll is faced with the sensualistic nature and actions of a mysterious friend, Mr. Edward Hyde. As those closest to Jekyll try to warn him away from Hyde, he becomes more and more engrossed in Hyde's life and relationships. When Hyde meets a lovely chambermaid named Elizabeth who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life. Eventually, Jekyll's secrets of tinctures and potions threatens to come to light, exposing that Jekyll and the evil Hyde might be one in the same. What ensues is a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation and use of characters is sure to leave you with one question – is there a Hyde inside us all?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde premiered in a co-production by Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2008. The play quickly became a staple at leading regional theatres, and has become a popular choice for school and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 female, 4 male (doubling)

What people say:

"A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson's look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men … Hatcher has fashioned a play that seems truer to Stevenson but hipper, sexier and more intense…a suspense almost as affecting as it is intense." — San Francisco Chronicle

"An elegant re-telling of the classic tale. Hatcher has a sure hand with tone and suspense. He knows how to spring just enough surprises to keep us guessing. In the end, despite the legion of villains in the play, it's the tug of war between Jekyll and his own erupting sense of shame and disgust that leaves the most indelible mark on the mind's eye." — San Jose Mercury News

"This is not your grandfather's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Hatcher's version, the dark Hyde indeed comes out, and he is evil beyond measure. But not all evil: He loves, and is loved. Too, Jekyll isn't the pure soul we've come to believe him to be. Hatcher has written a play that honors the original, but gives a more complex interpretation of the dual nature of man. A dark and disturbing story liberally peppered with humor." — Arizona Daily Star

"Sex, drugs, violence. What's not to like? … [A] psychological thriller that makes an old-hat horror story scary again. The dark intensity of the drama is unrelenting, even through the well-timed laugh lines. While paying homage to Stevenson, this remixed version makes his Victorian concerns relevant in the 21st century. It would be a sin to miss it." — Arizona Republic

About the Playwright:

Jeffrey Hatcher is an award-winning American writer for stage, screen, and television. He grew up in Ohio before attending New York University to study acting. After a brief career on stage, he turned his attention to writing. His many award-winning plays, original and adaptations, have been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and in theatres around the world.

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