Dark Drama Stalking the Bogeyman, Based on Violent True Story, Sets Off-Broadway Dates

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30 Jun 2014

Markus Potter
Markus Potter

The new drama Stalking the Bogeyman, based on the true-life story of journalist David Holthouse, who spent years of his life plotting to kill the man who violently raped him as a child, will arrive Off-Broadway this fall, producers announced June 30.

Holthouse's story, which gained national attention on NPR's "This American Life" in 2011, is adapted and directed for the stage by Markus Potter.

At seven Holthouse was violently raped by a family friend who was ten years older. The truth remained concealed until years later Holthouse's parents discovered the childhood journal he had kept. Holthouse ultimately went public with his story, which included a face-to-face meeting with his attacker decades later.

The play is created from the original story and subsequent news reports, as well as conversations with Holthouse, lectures he has given around the country and original text by the playwright, with additional writing by Santino Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes.

Stalking the Bogeyman will begin previews Sept. 12 prior to an official opening night of Sept. 29 at New World Stages. Casting has not been announced. A May reading of the play featured Corey Stoll as the Bogeyman, with Bill Heck (Cabaret, The Orphans' Home Cycle) as Holthouse.



The production will have scenic design by David Goldstein, lighting design by Cory Pattak and sound design and original composition by Erik T. Lawson.

Stalking the Bogeyman had its world premiere at the NC Stage company in Asheville, NC, last fall.

Here's how it's billed: "In the spring of 2003, David Holthouse was a successful, award-winning journalist. But no one knew that David had two dark secrets - first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and second, that he was quietly planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible. A story of transformation, healing and forgiveness of the highest order, Stalking the Bogeyman follows one man's quest for revenge as he comes to grips with the killer inside him."

The New York premiere production is produced by NewYorkRep, R. Erin Craig/La Vie Productions, Soumyo Sarkar, David Syner and Wolfstone Productions; Santa Barbara Holdings, James Seiler and David Smith and Adam Richman are associate producers.

Tickets go on sale July 21 via Telecharge.com.