From Sept. 15 to Oct. 16, Cape Rep will present a ghostly tale which has left audiences breathless in London's West End since it opened in 1987, making it the second longest-running non-musical production in that district's history.
Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged solicitor, is tormented by an episode from his past when he is visited by a terrifying figure in black while settling the estate of an elderly recluse in a village plagued by fear. Kipps hopes to overcome his torment with the help of an actor and a theater to reenact his experience and exorcise the haunting presence.
Damian Baldet, whom audience members will remember from his performance in Cape Rep's hit “Outside Mullingar” last year, makes his Cape Rep directorial debut with “The Woman in Black.” Equity actors Sean Dillon and Richard Sullivan make up the cast. Dillon was recently in Cape Rep's “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” while Sullivan was last seen in “La Cage aux Folles.”
Sullivan describes the experience of preparing for “The Woman in Black” as both challenging and exciting. Understandable, as he portrays numerous characters in the production with a variety of accents.
“The last time I was onstage with Sean was 13 years ago in 'Sunday in the Park with George,' and I am excited to work with him again as he is a tremendously gifted actor,” Sullivan says. “I respect and admire Damian Baldet as an actor, and I appreciate his actor's point of view as he directs. This is an exciting, creative environment to work in, and I am enjoying the whole process. I think audiences are going to love the suspense. It is a scary story, with some wonderful jolts, and it has been playing to full houses in London for over 25 years.”
Anyone who remembers the spookiness of “Goodbye Mary Rose” at Cape Rep back in September and October 2011, written and directed by Cape Rep's Resident Director Maura Hanlon, knows that the deep woodsy location and wooden-beamed atmosphere of the theater lends itself beautifully to a ghost story as summer fades into autumn. Add the skill of Cape Rep's creative collaborative team and the stage is set, so to speak, for a spooky evening that will stay in the memory long after the leaves have blown away.
“The Woman in Black,” by Susan Hill and Stephen Mallatratt, with set design by Ryan McGettigan, costume design by Carol Sheery, lighting design by Phil Kong and sound design by Ken Chamberlain will be performed Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be no performances on Sept. 18 or 21. Tickets are $28. Pay-What-You-Can-Night is the first Friday, Sept. 16. Group rates and Student Rush tickets are available.
“The Woman in Black”
At Cape Rep Theatre
Box office: 508-896-1888