Century Fall Play 2017: Jekyll and Hyde

Jay Johnson| Staff Writer and Photographer

Serenna Svanoe-Werling | Staff Writer

Christopher Juhn | Photographer

This year’s fall play here at Century College has a title many will recognize. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a stage adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” will be showing at the Century Theatre this fall starting Oct. 27 and continuing through the 5th of November.

In this issue of the Century Times, I’ll give you a run-down of the must-know facts about the play. You may think you know the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but this adaptation features a new twist on the story.

In this version, there are four Hydes instead of just one, and they are neither all good nor all evil.  “While all the Hydes are part of the one alternate personality of Dr. Jekyll, each of the four Hydes demonstrate a different aspect of his distorted personality,” says Paul Aberasturi, the play’s director.  The different facets of Hyde include the evil Mr. Hyde, the romantic Mr. Hyde, the manipulative Mr. Hyde, and the feminine Mr. Hyde (who is actually played by a woman).

While you’re watching, pay careful attention to the use of the extra actors in the play. They are carefully placed throughout the performance, seemingly observing the action as if it were a story, something the director did purposefully to bring out a sense of eeriness.

The play is free for all current students, faculty, and staff.  Non-students can buy their tickets on www.showtix4u.com.  Make sure to come on down to the Century Theatre so you don’t miss this performance!

I hope these tips help you understand the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as audience members. You can look forward to seeing a full review of the play in the next issue of The Century Times that will include some interviews with cast and crew, and perhaps even an interview with the playwright, who lives in the Twin Cities Area.  See you in the theatre!

Actors of the play gather to discuss thoughts about their characters and scenes at the end of rehearsal.
Rehearsal practice for Act 2 of the play.