PCC theatre production ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ explores the dark side
Photos and Story by Misty Bouse
A Portland Community College Theatre Production explores this non-musical adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher where the intensely evil Hyde emerges. But is he evil beyond expectation?
“While Hyde is very dark, he’s not all evil. He loves, and is loved,” said guest director Bobby Bermea. “It’s the timeless duality of human nature – the idea that every single human being has good and evil within. But it remains a question for the audience.”
The Theatre Arts Program’s performance of ”Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” is loosely based on the Gothic novella, ”The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson as adapted by Hatcher and designed by Dan Hays, Sarah Gahagan, and Mike Pfaff. Guest director Bermea is the artistic director of Sojourn Theatre and founder of The Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a diversity based theatre company.
All performances are at the Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center and run Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21; curtain at 7 p.m., except Sunday’s closing matinee at 2 p.m. However, the Thursday opening matinee is at 11 a.m. and is “pay as you wish.” As for accommodations, Friday’s performance will be audio-described for people who are blind or low-vision, whereas Saturday’s performance includes American Sign Language interpretation.
Content is generally suitable for ages 12 and up but it features violence and adult language; with a running time of 99 minutes, it includes a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 all students, seniors, veterans, and PCC staff; cash or check only. No reservations are required but for large group reservations, call 971-722-4323.
For more details, visit the theatre arts webpage.