The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again.
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was published as a "shilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. An intriguing combination of fantasist thriller and moral allegory, the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveals Stevenson's great skill and originality. Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde retains the power to terrify and move over a century later.
WITH: Period costumes, theatrical lighting, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog fx, and, of course, extensive sound effects.
PLUS: Jazz vocalist Danielle Illario sings the period ballad, Roses of Picardy.
Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences throughout the Tri-State area. They've been called "family friendly guerrilla theater" by the New York Times, one of "the 7 best things to do in NJ" by the Newark Star-Ledger, "innovative and entertaining," by the Home News Tribune, and "a radio show on steroids," by the Courier News, as well as "epic!" by Lev Grossman (of Time Magazine), "amazing!" by Kyle Hartzell (of NPR), "dazzling!" by Megan Ryan (of wNYC), "spellbinding!" by Tom Lynch (of Theatre World), "thrilling!" by Barry Monush (of The Museum of Television & Radio), and "outstanding!" by Lee Pfeiffer (of Cinema Retro Magazine). For more info, visit www.RaconteurRadio.com
Have dinner at either Stage Left or Catherine Lombardi before, during or after the performance and the show is complimentary. A limited number of seats will be available for $25 and a two-drink minimum. Show run time is 55 minutes. Make a reservation at 732-828-4444 or Reservations@StageLeft.com.