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LWC Theatre to present 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 7pmCT, Wed-Thu-Fri 28-29-30 Oct 2015, and 2pmCT Sun 1 Nov 2015, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY.

By Duane Bonifer, Director of Public Relations
News from Lindsey Wilson Theatre

COLUMBIA, KY - The classic 19th-century horror story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be brought to life on stage this week by the Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be presented at 7pmCT October 28-30, 2015 and 2pmCT November 1, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY.


The script, which is based on the 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, was written by LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, who is also the production's director.

"The book is just fascinating," Brock said. "Extremely well-written, it's real intense, powerful. My adaption really stays as close to the book as I could in terms of making a piece for theater."

One way Brock stays true to the source is by featuring two actors to play the roles of Jekyll and Hyde.

"There have been a number of theatrical versions of this, and every one that I've seen has the actor playing Jekyll just morph a little bit, change his posture, and maybe the way he talks and become Hyde," Brock said. "But in the book, it is very clear Hyde is smaller than Jekyll, different-looking. They are like two different people. And so we're using two different people."

The story of Jekyll and Hyde is one that still hits close to home today regarding the conflict between the good and evil sides of human nature and addiction, Brock said. One reason is because it was written in a period that explored those issues deeply through its literature.

"We all have propensities to good and propensities to what must be called evil," Brock said. "And so this is a study in what if those weren't so mingled up like they are in everybody, but they could be separated, and the evil could become pure evil. Would that release the good to be unencumbered by evil?"

Over the course of the story, Dr. Jekyll lets his experiments take control of and destroy his life.

"So it's certainly a cautionary tale for now," Brock said. "It has everything to do with a whole lot going on. Addiction, evil, all these different things." The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted by Robert Brock, 7pmCT October 28-30, 2015, and 2pmCT November 1 in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY. Contact: Director Robert Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu.


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