The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Radio Play

Raconteur Radio Actors
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30 pm

dr-jekyllTHE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE: Based on the 1886 novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, it tells of a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences in a variety of venues throughout the Tri-State area: libraries, adult communities, senior centers, community/cultural centers, restaurants, bars, high schools, grammar schools, and, on occasion, private homes.
Raconteur Radio productions are staged around (and amplified by) an art deco “fat boy” and feature theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects. 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 fantasy thriller and moral allegory, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde depicts 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 as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.WITH: Period costumes, theatrical lighting, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog, and, of course, extensive sound effects. PLUS: jazz vocalist Danielle Illario sings the period ballad, Roses of Picardy. Run time: 55 min.