Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Set to Open at ASU Friday

J.C. Maheu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Paw Print

Adams State University Theatre kicks off their 88th season with the twisted tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde directed by Dr. Paul S. Newman.  Show dates are October 3, 4, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and October 11 at 2 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre.

The theatre production features new and thrilling version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have created an alter ego—Edward Hyde, a 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 so 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.

“Our production of this classic horror story is a psychological thriller mixed with moments of dark humor,” said Newman.  “Even if you are familiar with Stevenson’s original story, this play version has enough surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next.”

In this production, Hyde is played by four different actors.  “The fact that Hyde is split into multiple characters really shows the evil within all of us, because everyone has a Hyde, or well multiple Hydes,” said actress Clarissa McNamara.  The actors taking the stage to create this thriller are performing under chilling music, evocative lighting, and dressed in period costumes rented from the famous Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is rated “PG-13” for mature content.  Individual tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASU identification.

To reserve tickets for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, call 719-587-TIXX (8499).

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