The Woman in Black
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt
On the windswept salt marshes lies Eel Marsh House. Hidden behind the shuttered windows lie tragic and terrible secrets. Now in it's 23rd year in London's West End, The Woman in Black is a ghost story that will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment the curtain rises.
ACTOR: C. Conrad Cady
KIPPS: Mark Frazier
WOMAN: Cynthia Lagodzinski
Director, Marilyn Langbehn
Scenic Designer, George Ledo
Lighting Designer, Matt O'Donnell
Sound Designer, Will McCandless
Costume Designer, John Lewis
Properties Master, Tom R. Earlywine
Stage Manager, Christine L. Plowright
Who doesn't love a good scare?
A good scare gets your heart pounding, widens your eyes, makes you grab the person next to you, and even makes you giggle when it's over since you knew all along it wasn't real.
But what about the other kind? The kind that shakes you up, alters your breathing, makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The kind where imagination takes over, changes reality so that the sound you hear or the fleeting glimpse of movement in the corner of your eye becomes a threat to your very existence. The shock of it is like the exact moment of being doused with cold water; your senses retreat into fight or flight and everything in you cries out to run, to get away as quickly possible. The altered reality is completely out of your control, and even after you turn on the lights or identify the actual source of the sound, you can't quite shake the other world. Its effect on your physical self takes a long time to go away; the memory stays forever.
One way human beings have attempted to control their fear of the unknown is by telling ghost stories. Some people tell them around camp fires; others tell them as part of their Christmas Eve traditions; they are the stuff of short stories, operas, and, as with The Woman in Black, plays. It's the act of gathering together for the telling that distinguishes the event, not just the narrative. By evoking and sharing these universal fears, we seek to destroy their power over us, and, armed with shared experience, we whistle past the graveyard with confidence until the next scare.
Director, Woman in Black