Hatcher reexamines Stevenson's 1886 novella to explore the unraveling of the duplicitous central character in a series of interlocking scenes. Hatcher explains, "In my version the roles are somewhat reversed, as are some aspects of Jekyll and Hyde themselves. One of the arguments I've never quite believed — and I suspect Stevenson didn't believe it either — is that Henry Jekyll is wholly good while Edward Hyde is wholly evil. I'm trying to have some fun with the notion that Jekyll and Hyde play a cat-and-mouse game with each other, and with the question of just who we should be rooting for."
Hatcher has penned the stage adaptation of Tuesdays With Morrie, as well as A Picasso, Scotland Road, and the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance.
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde cast includes R. Hamilton Wright as the central Dr. Jekyll with Ken Ruta, Stephen D'Ambrose, Mark Anderson Phillips, Carrie Paff portraying the various sides of Mr. Hyde. The company of actors — including Anna Bullard, Rebecca Angel and Stephen Gaeto — also portray the individual characters who figure into Stevenson's classic tale. David Ira Goldstein stages the world premiere.
Creative duties are handled by Kent Dorsey (scenic design), Anna Oliver (costume design), Dawn Chiang (lighting design), Roberta Carlson (original music), Brian Jerome Peterson (sound design), and Ken Merckx (fight direction).
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was commissioned by Arizona Theatre Company and makes its world premiere in Tucson Jan. 12-Feb. 2. The production then plays Phoenix, AZ at the Herberger Theater Center from Feb.7-24. A co-production of the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will play San Jose May 10-June 8, 2008. All Tucson performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the box office at (520) 622-2823. All Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the box office at (602) 256-6995. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.