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Run & Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Professional Nashville Theatre | Nashville Repertory Theatre

Not your grandfather's psychological thriller...

Nashville Theatre Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

One of the many unique things Nashville Repertory Theatre loved about Jeffrey Hatcher's adaption of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was the addition of the four Hydes. Instead of one actor playing both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or two actors playing each part, Jeffrey Hatcher incorporated four Hydes, played by nearly each cast member (Sans Dr. Jekyll, Elizabeth, and a few minor characters). Because the script was very loose in its directions on how the four Mr. Hydes should be played—only woman-Hyde was required; the director, Peter Vann, and the Mr. Hyde actors invented their each unique side to Hyde, making up the darker part of Dr. Jekyll.

 Each actor carefully crafted unique traits for their Hyde to display a darker side of Dr. Jekyll. Christopher Bosen's Hyde 1 was inspired by the music used in the show, dark and filled with tension, Quote: "Like a caged animal fighting to get out."

Matthew Carlton’s Hyde 2 is pure ID—inspired by instinctual drives and the forces of the subconscious that can’t be reined in by the demands of reality. To read more about how the ID works, click here.

 David Compton’s Hyde 3 was inspired by “adrenaline junkies”—people who feed off creating drama and crisis in their lives. His Hyde lives in the moment with no looking back. Things take a strange twist when he meets Elizabeth, however… Hyde 3 also serves as the "brain."

Jamie Farmer’s Hyde 4 is inspired from feminine wiles—she is a seductress and temptress, but her Hyde also has an ethereal/haunting/ghost-like nature to it.

A Statement from Samuel Whited, Actor Who Plays Dr. Jekyll

Samuel Whited on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

How did you perceive the four Hydes? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t be shy.

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 to get you and your bad self’s tickets today! Or call the TPAC box office at (615) 782-4040

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