Dr. Henry Jekyll's Easy Four-Step Psycho-Unleashing Potion Recipe
Props Master, Evelyn Pearson, Reveals Dr. Jekyll's Potion Recipe
On stage, we see Samuel Whited, Dr. Jekyll, and Jamie Farmer, Hyde 4, mix three liquids together to make a potion before drinking it. Below, Pearson reveals her inspiration for the potion and some history behind the ingredients.
One of the main inspirations for concocting Dr. Jekyll’s potion was Dr. Carew’s blabberings about Dr. Jekyll playing with “tinctures and voodoo” after he insists Dr. Jekyll is responsible for stealing the corpse from his dissection lab. After compiling loads of research about different tinctures, Pearson settled on three tinctures she could base the potion props (liquids) off of.
Add Tincture of Cantharides The first tincture (water) you see Jekyll/Hyde pour is based on a yellow liquid called Tincture of Cantharides. It is liquid secretion from a Blister Beetle and is poisonous to humans. Silly fact: it is used in wart removal. The reason for including this tincture in the potion mix is because after drinking the potion, Farmer’s Hyde 4 screams, “Why does it hurt?! Why does it hurt so?!” An aspect of the potion needed to cause pain in the Jekyll/Hyde transformation.
Add Tincture of Iron Citrochloride The second tincture you see Jekyll/Hyde pour into the third vile is based on Tincture of Iron Citrochloride and is dark blue. Though this particular tincture can come in a blue or green color, Pearson decided to go with the blue to make green upon mixing the liquids. Mostly this tincture was for the coloring of the potion.
Add Paregoric The third tincture you see Jekyll/Hyde pour is a clear tincture called Paregoric. Because Dr. Lanyon suggests Dr. Jekyll’s “patient” may be an opium addict, it only made sense to add Paregoric, otherwise known as Tincture of Opium from a poppy plant, to the mix. Back in Victorian times, other than illegal use, Paregoric was used as a pain reliever. In Dr. Jekyll’s potion, the Paregoric is intended to relieve the drinker of the pain from the Tincture of Cantharides.
Mix & Bottoms Up
Play Synopsis: On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” that have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain, free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. As Jekyll himself falls prey to Hyde’s control, the audience is taken along for the moral questions that arise as sympathy for Hyde and contempt for Dr. Jekyll challenge the traditional roles of good and evil. Which one will you sympathize with?
Nashville Repertory Theatre’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays October 13 – November 3, 2012 with preview performances October 11 & 12, 2012.
Rated: High School and above Visit http://nashvillerep.org/dr-jekyll-mr-hyde to get you and your bad self’s tickets today! Or call the TPAC box office at (615) 782-4040