DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE: Resources for the press

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Mark Anderson Phillips*
Sept. 17-Oct. 18, 2015.
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No matinee Sept. 20.)
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[image: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" group]

Jekyll (George Psarras*, center) surrounded by four Hydes (from left, Keith Marshall, Max Tachis, Adam Magill and Lucy Littlewood). Photos by Susan Mah Photography. *Mark Anderson Phillips and George Psarras are members of the Actors’ Equity Association.

SAN JOSE, CA (Aug. 26, 2015) – In the fog of Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll conducts mysterious experiments and discovers he has a dark other self. The villainous Mr. Edward Hyde lives free from the laws of conscience and society, with deadly results. When Jekyll decides to end his experiments, Hyde pushes back—and the two sides face off in a dangerous contest.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a chillingly familiar tale. This fall at City Lights Theater Company, it takes on a whole new dimension: four of them. In Jeffrey Hatcher’s shocking new adaptation, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a quartet of actors portray Hyde, revealing myriad sides to his shadowy personality. One of the Hydes is even played by a woman.

Directed by Mark Anderson Phillips—who starred as one of the Hydes in the original production—Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 18 at City Lights, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. For details and tickets, call 408-295-4200.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was commissioned by the Arizona Theatre Company in Phoenix, where it premiered in 2008. The production then transferred to San Jose Rep, where the San Jose Mercury News called the play “an elegant retelling of the classic tale.” The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “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.”

Hatcher, a prolific Minneapolis playwright and screenwriter, wrote the screenplay for this summer’s Ian McKellen movie Mr. Holmes. He also wrote the play and screenplay of Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which had a successful run at City Lights in 2011. Other works include the Off-Broadway plays Three Viewings, A Picasso, Scotland Road, and an adaptation of the Henry James tale The Turn of the Screw. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, and co-wrote the stage adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie with Mitch Albom.

For this show, City Lights is partnering with Christmas in the Park, which holds a Halloween-themed “A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park” fundraiser on Oct. 10. During Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the organization will display a mini train village with a Halloween/Christmas theme in the City Lights lobby.

Mark Anderson Phillips (Director) returns to City Lights after directing What the Butler Saw in 2005. More recently, he directed Sleuth and The 39 Steps, both at CenterREP, for which he received the 2014 and 2015 Shellie Awards for Best Direction of a Play. Mark has directed several productions with CMTSJ, including The King & I and Cinderella. His work as an actor also includes roles with American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre of Seattle, TheatreWorks, The Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Theatre, Word for Word, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Joan Rivers – a work in progress by a life in progress) and the New York International Fringe Festival (Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, which won Best of Fringe). Later this fall, Mark will direct Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at CenterREP, and will perform in Aaron Loeb’s Ideation at New York’s 59E59 Theatre in the spring of 2016.

Cast: George Psarras*, Max Tachis, Keith Marshall, Adam Magill, Lucy Littlewood, Kendall Callaghan, Joseph Hidde and Caitlyn Slavich.
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Designers: Ron Gasparinetti (Scenic), Melissa Sanchez (Costumes), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting & Projection), George Psarras (Music & Sound Design), Miranda Whipple (Props), Kit Wilder (Fight Director), and Richard Newton (Dialect Coach/Cultural Consultant).

Sponsors and Supporters: These include Silicon Valley Creates, Applied Materials Foundation, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many other individuals, corporations, and foundations.

City Lights’ season continues in November with the romantic comedy Handle With Care by Jason Odell Williams, followed by a quirkier comedy, Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock. The classic drama The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance opens next spring, with Lauren Gunderson’s dark comedy I and You afterward. The rock musical Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT rounds out the season next summer.


WHAT: In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll discovers he has a dark other self: Mr. Edward Hyde. When Jekyll opts to end his experiments, Hyde resists, and the two sides face off in a dangerous contest. In Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, four actors portray Hyde, revealing myriad sides to his shadowy personality.

Sept. 17-Oct. 18, 2015
Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
$17 Preview Night: Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays (no matinee on Sept. 20) at 2 p.m.

City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112

Regular tickets are $17-$32; discounts for seniors, students/educators, and groups (10+). (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases.) Opening night is $35 general, $30 for seniors, and $19 for students/educators. Tickets for closing weekend are increased by $2.

For tickets or more information, go to cltc.org or call 408-295-4200. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

For press passes or more information, contact City Lights marketing director Rebecca Wallace at rebecca@cltc.org or 408-295-4200. Downloadable high-res photos are at bit.ly/jekyllphotos.

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