Armadale, Hatcher's Adaptation of Collins Novel, Among Milwaukee Rep Shows in 2007-08

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The world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Armadale, inspired by the novel by Wilkie Collins, will be presented in Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2007-08 season, the Wisconsin company announced.

The thriller will play April 23-May 25, 2008, as the sixth and final production in the 2007-08 Quadracci Powerhouse Theater season (the Rep presents works on no less than four stages).

Hatcher is the author of past Rep productions Work Song and Turn of the Screw. "This tale of deception, inherited curses, romantic rivalries and murder is a world premiere adaptation of Wilkie Collins' sensational Victorian novel," according to the Rep.

Brian Vaughn will play the title role of the "rich, charming and all-too-trusting Allan Armadale," and Deb Staples "will scheme to undo him as Lydia Gwilt."

Wilkie Collins was also known for penning "The Woman in White."

Also in 2007-08, Charles Randolph-Wright's new play, The Night Is a Child, will play the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. In it, "Harriet, a mother who lost her son in a horrific act of violence, runs away from home to find respite and courage in her 'dreamland,' Brazil," according to the Rep. "Mixed with fantasy and realism, and fueled by the lilting sounds of Brazilian Sergio Mendes, this glorious new drama takes us on a journey of discovery, forgiveness and understanding in the land of the samba." Resident actor Lanise Antoine Shelley will be featured in this production.

Artistic director Joseph Hanreddy announced a varied season that will include a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac (featuring Lee E. Ernst); John Patrick Shanley's Doubt with Laura Gordon and Brian Vaughn; Edward Albee's Seascape; the past Stackner Cabaret favorite, Hula Hoop Sha-Boop; Alan Ayckbourn's comedy The Norman Conquest; David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross; the romantic period piece Enchanted April; Samuel Beckett's Endgame (directed by Irish director Ben Barnes); the Roger Bean-created cabaret show Life Can Be a Dream (set in the doo-wop era of the mid-'50s when The Teenagers, The Moonglows, The Chords, The Platters, The Heartbeats and The Crew Cuts all sang); Carolynne Warren's holiday cabaret turn, Carolin' Carolynne's Comin' to Town; and Kevin Ramsey's Grafton City Blues at the Stackner, set in Grafton, WI, where from 1929 to 1932 Paramount Studios cut blues records by artists that included Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and Lawrence Welk.

The Rep produces at the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, Stiemke Theater and Stackner Cabaret, as well as the Pabst Theater (where the Rep's A Christmas Carol goes up annually).

For more information, visit the Rep's website at

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