DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
By Jeffrey Hatcher
(based on "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novella by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Directed by Christopher Moore
A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought forth his other self--Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. With multiple Hydes portrayed by members of the cast
ALEX GOLDRICH - Dr. Jekyll
Alex Goldrich was born in Ottawa, raised in New Brunswick, and has lived in Montreal since 2007. He has performed in such roles as Horatio in Hamlet (Persephone Productions), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Saint John Theatre Company), as the title role in Macbeth(Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company), Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Saint John Theatre Company) and in various roles in Harry The King (Repercussion Theatre). He also played the Adult Male roles in Persephone's recent production of Spring Awakening, as part of the Centaur Theatre's Brave New Looks program.
LUCAS CHARTIER - Hyde/Utterson
Lucas Chartier is a montreal based actor. Since his graduation of dawson college's professional theatre program in 2011 he has been hard at work in theatre television film and online shorts and web series. Lucas is ecstatic to have the chance to work with persephone for the 4th time and he is also excited to be working with really good friends.
MARTIN LAW - Hyde/Sir Danvers Carew/ Sanderson/Inspector
Martin Law is a relatively new Montrealer, having studied and finally moved here. He co-founded Chocolate Moose Theatre Company in 2014, and has since directed three of their productions, and acted in two, most recently a one-man Richard III. He also acted in Much Ado About Nothing with Jubilee and Raise the Stakes Theatres. He will be directing his highly absurd show Felix at the Montreal Fringe this June, and later this year will be premiering his tragical-comical-historical-pastoral called Confpiracy!. Huge thanks to Persephone for this fantastic opportunity!
JAMES HARRINGTON - Hyde/Dr. Lanyon/Porter
James Harrington, a born and raised Montrealer, has always had an attraction to storytelling. With a penchant for the provocative, he draws on himself and his experiences to better any production that he’s involved in; even if it means leaving an audience sobbing at the end. With a passion for all manner of acting, he is also an investigator of human nature and carries a great admiration for the world of film making. This will be his 3rd production with Persephone.
VANESSA CARTER - Hyde/Poole/Prostitute
Vanessa attended and graduated from the John Abbott theatre department in 2010. While in Abbott she played such roles as Gwen landis in "Fifth of July" and Chava in "Fiddler on the Roof". Since graduating she has had the opportunity to work with many different companies in shows such as, "Antigone" (Kaleidoscope theatre), "Far from the Madding Crowd" (Persephone productions) "Macbeth", "Comedy of Errors" and the school tour of "Taming of the Disco Shrew" (MSTC) and "Much Ado About Nothing" (Jubilee theatre). She also had the chance to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. She is thrilled to be working with Persephone and the talented cast on this exciting production.
ALLIE SHAPIRO - Elizabeth
Allie Shapiro was born and raised in Stamford, CT, enjoying a childhood full of musical theatre, dance, and singing. A veteran of the Fairfield County arts scene she has performed in numerous shows at the Crystal Theatre Performing Arts Centre, the Acting Company of Greenwich, Powerhouse Theatre Company, and in the off-Broadway Strawberry One Act Festival in A Great Pair of Shoes. She has recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Psychology from Concordia University. Montreal credits include Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Rose in Rose Quartz, Woman 1 in Samuel Beckett’s Play, as well as Idem Eadem Idem and Islands of Love at Concordia University. Big congratulations to all of the cast and crew!
CHRISTOPHER MOORE - Director
Christopher is a Montrealer and graduate of John Abbott College's Professional Theatre Program. Before taking over as AD, Christopher performed in several Persephone shows: Duff in Whitby’s To the Green Fields Beyond (2007 MECCA for Best Ensemble), Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, and co-directed Henry V with Founding Director, Gabrielle Soskin. He directed Soskin herself in last season’s The Walnut Tree by Martha Blum (adapted by Geoffrey Ursell). Most recent directing credits include Spring Awakening: The Musical for Persephone at Centaur Theatre, Julius Caesar (MSTC) and the Shakespeare/Pulp Fiction mash up, Bard Fiction at Mainline Theatre (Beyond the Mountain).
Morgandy discovered an unexpected passion for Stage Management during her second year in Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program and has been pursuing this new career path ever since. This is her second time working with director Christopher Moore, the first being the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company's recent production of Julius Caesar
MELANIE MICHAUD - Costumer Designer
Melanie Michaud is a graduate of John Abbott's Professional Theatre Program. She is very thankful to be working with the Persephone team once again. Recent credits include Costume/Set Dressing for "All My Sons" (MTL Theatre Ensemble), Costume for "Oroonoko" and "The Nisei & The Narnauks" (Persephone Productions/MAI), Costumes for "The Harvester" and "Blood Wild" presented at the MTL Fringe and Set/Costume for "Avenue Q" and "GODSPELL" for St.Georges High School.
BEECHER PINET - Lighting Designer
Born in a suburb of Montreal, Beecher graduated from the John Abbott Theatre design/Technical program in 2012. He has a passion for theatre, lighting, music and has had the wonderful privilege of lighting and building several productions including Avenue Q (St. Georges high school of Montreal), Living Room Dark (inFurnace Theatre), Stone Cold Dead Serious (inFurnace Theatre) and the lighting design for Under Milk Wood which was mounted in Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2013 Fringe festival.