In every living soul, a battle rages. Primordial impulses are pitted against societal obligations. What if it were possible to let each side have its own turn at victory—to bask in the liberation of its true self? Dr. Henry Jekyll has just enough curiosity (and money) to find out. Heedless of the warnings issued by his dear friend, Harriet Lanyon, he decodes a centuries-old recipe and embarks upon a perilous experiment. His sole companion—the ungovernable Mr. Hyde.
True to Stevenson’s familiar tale, suspense is paramount. The fundamental characters and events remain the same, but the motives and meanings explore new ground. The narrative approach combines storytelling with theatricality. For this reason, the piece is well suited to both radio and readers’ theatre. In a live performance, musical segues and projected images may help stimulate the imagination of the audience.
A Play in One Act
Ideal for Radio or Readers’ Theatre
Inspired by the Novella by
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON