On October 15-16, Readers Theatre Repertory rings in the witching season with its production, “Melville and Hawthorne and Poe, Oh My,” featuring play adaptations of “Bartleby The Scrivener” by Herman Melville, “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorne, and “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. Mary McDonald-Lewis directs, with all adaptations created by David Berkson.
“Pulling these plays from the page to the stage, with David’s adaptations has really brought them to life,” says McDonald-Lewis. “These stories are fleet, slipping up behind you like a breath on your neck as you climb the basement stairs.”
The all-star cast includes Brian Allard, Ted deChatelet, Dylan Earhart, Alan Hakim, Colleen Heidebrecht, Sam A. Mowry, and Vana O’Brien
“We’ve got some returning actors and some powerhouses who are new to RTR,” says McDonald-Lewis. “With Sam A. Mowry bringing his voice and Vana O’Brien her chops, these gothic horror stories will be good and scary.” Berkson’s adaptation shifts the stories from narration to dialogue, giving the classic tales a fleet, yet spooky modern feel.