PHOTO CALL: Jeffrey Hatcher's Armadale Premieres at Milwaukee Rep

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The world-premiere production of Jeffrey Hatcher's Armadale began performances at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater April 23.
Deborah Staples as Lydia Gwilt
Deborah Staples as Lydia Gwilt Photo by Jay Westhauser

Artistic director Joseph Hanreddy stages this adaptation of Wilkie Collins' Victorian novel of murder, lies, tormented pasts and treacherous futures. Milwaukee Rep press notes describe the story as such: "A deathbed bequest leads to the most gripping of intrigues in this tale of deception, inherited curses, romantic rivalries and murder. In the center of it all, is the mysterious and beautiful Lydia Gwilt, one of the most hardened and most fascinating female villains in literature."

Wilkie Collins wrote more than 50 short stories, at least 15 plays and 25 novels, including "The Woman in White," before his death in 1889.

Jeffrey Hatcher's more notable stage work includes Three Viewings, A Picasso, Scotland Road, Neddy, Tuesdays With Morrie, Work Song, Mercy of a Storm and Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which he also adapted for the screen version starring Billy Crudup.

The cast of Armadale includes resident Rep acting company members Gerard Neugent (Rogers/Young Pedgift); James Pickering (Major Milroy/Dr. Downward); Rose Pickering (Mrs. Milroy/Mrs. Oldershaw); Peter Silbert (The Reverend Decimus Brock/Bashwood); Deborah Staples (Lydia Gwilt) and Brian Vaughn (Allan Armadale).

Also featured are guest actors Marybeth Gorman (Miss Thorpe-Ambrose/Mrs. Armadale/ Nun/Whore); Michael Gotch (Ozias Midwinter); Steve Pickering (Joseph/Old Pedgift); and Emily Trask (Nellie Milroy/Urusla).

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Here is a look at the production, which will officially open April 25 and run through May 25:

Brian Vaughn and Emily Trask
Gerard Neugent
Gerard Neugent and James Pickering
Steve Pickering and James Pickering
Brian Vaughn and Emily Trask

Photos by Jay Westhauser

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