Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

World Premiere

Written by Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Directed by Anna Stromberg

June 9th-23rd, 2018

 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at hff18.org/5346.

For press inquiries, contact [email protected]

 

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, written and performed by Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg, is a dizzying, fast-paced, horrifying extravaganza that leaves you splitting ribs as you question your own morality. This genre-bending thriller makes its world premiere at the Los Angeles LGBT Center (The Village at Ed Gould Plaza) this June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Based on the classic novella, this original adaptation takes you to the dismal streets of London in the 1860s, where societal pressures silence a gentle doctor's questions about the nature of morality.  As the pressure intensifies, Dr. Jekyll takes matters into his own hands. However, things take an eerie turn when his experiment takes on a life of its own. Will his efforts save the world, or will they destroy all that he holds dear? After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

 

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 PM (PREVIEW)

Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 10:30 PM (PREVIEW)

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 4 PM (OPENING)

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 4 PM

Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 10:30 PM

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at 10 PM

 

Social media:

Facebook: @DrJekyllMrHydePlay

Instagram: @Dr_Jekyll_Mr_Hyde_Play

Twitter: @JekyllPlay

 

*Burt Grinstead (writer, actor, set designer, sound designer, producer) has starred in films and television shows including Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and many more. This is Burt's fourth performance at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, following dynamic roles in Deathtrap by Ira Levin, Hit the Wall by Ike Holter, and Fool For Love by Sam Shepard.  Burt was nominated for an Ovation Award for his portrayal of the twins Peter and Craig in Dying City by Christopher Shinn at Rogue Machine Theatre.

Anna Stromberg (writer, actor, director, costume designer, props manager, producer) lived and worked in NYC for 10 years performing in various Off-Broadway theatres. She was a longtime member of the edgy Amoralists Theatre Company, originating roles in collaborations with Daniel Aukin, Adam Rapp, and Lyle Kessler. She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Vanda in Venus in Fur by David Ives at The Cape Fear Playhouse. She also stars in Well Wishes on Netflix, and in the indie horror feature The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan. Last year Anna directed the renowned production of David Harrower's Blackbird at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

* Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under The Los Angeles Self-Produced Project Code.

Matt Richter (lighting designer) is an award winning lighting and sound designer based in Los Angeles. Matt is the resident designer at the LA LGBT Center Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center.

Other Credits:

Adam Martin - Technician

Dennis Peraza - Stage Hand


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is presented at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, 90038) as a part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

 

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Reviews

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"The dialogue, performed with perfect synchronicity, is snappy and silly, with quick and clever pacing that falls somewhere between an episode of Dudley Do-Right and a live Abbot and Costello routine. The writers use every literary device at their disposal to point subtly and artfully to the idea that human beings can only find peace through forgiveness and integration of their darkest selves. Any person who resentfully waits tables to pay off a $40,000 degree in English literature can take solace in their ability to perceive the nuances within. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Angie Hoover, Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"...for the spectacular performances, clever production, and a timeless message about the human condition, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is just what the doctor ordered."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"A clever mix of the original gothic story and their own brand of witty, nuanced humor, Blanket Fort's version of the classic story is an amazing time at the theater, and a must-see for Fringe! Absolutely fantastic!"

sweet - Lacey Rae - Media Geeks - ...read full review


Jim Vejvoda
"Great fun! I'm a big fan of the classic story and enjoyed this more tongue-in-cheek interpretation of it. The performances were great, with Anna really mining all the many side character's for as many laughs as possible. And Burt is clearly having fun playing the titular dual role. Go see this!"

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Shari Barrett
"What an amazing production, created , produced and starring two remarkable actors recently moved to L..A. from NYC. Their loss is our gain and these two were an incredible duo in this tantalizing adaptation of the classic horror story.Burt Grinstead is am amazing Jekyll and Hyde, while Anna Stromberg dazzles as all the other characters in the play, both men and women. Designed in a black box with all black basic costumes and set pieces, the only color in the entire show appears as the backdrop which changes from almost white to deep, bloody red as called for in the scenes. Movable set prices open to reveal white props and background items, with Stromberg adding white costume pieces such as aprons, hats, a hoop skirt, as well as props to reflect the many characters she portrays - with a different accent for each one as well. Brilliantly staged performed. Get this production into a larger theater as soon as possible so more people can experience the wonder of it."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Grinstead plays the dual role of the meek, good-natured Dr. Jekyll with just the right amount of shy uncertainty then with a quick spasm of energy becomes the evil, wet-fur-smelling vulgar and violent Mr. Hyde. Stromberg is a marvel as all the other characters—Jekyll's fiercely loyal maid, his best friend John, a policeman, other doctors and society mavens and victims as well as a sweet innocent maiden."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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"Amazing, creative, funny! Very well done. Anna Stromberg is outstanding in her many roles and accents. Burt Grinstead truly transforms as Mr Hyde. Very entertaining!"

sweet - Debi Chew


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"A wonderful surprise to see such a funny and literate spoof of this English tale told with such sly humor and with all the necessary vocal and physical skills of an actors' training to pull off such an intelligent and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience. Highly recommended that you do not miss this production."

sweet - MICHAEL PERETZIAN


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"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was one of the greatest pieces of theater I've seen in my lifetime. I was able to catch this show in it's preview on the 4th, completely overwhelmed by the countless ways it obliterated every expectation I've ever had walking into a theater. Masterfully co-written with humor and reverence by Burt and Anna who both brought it into the frame of our world with their exceptional performances, leaving us rolling in laughter and sobbing for our own humanity all at once. No one can afford to miss this. Bravo."

sweet - Stan Mayer


Avatar
"The dialogue, performed with perfect synchronicity, is snappy and silly, with quick and clever pacing that falls somewhere between an episode of Dudley Do-Right and a live Abbot and Costello routine. The writers use every literary device at their disposal to point subtly and artfully to the idea that human beings can only find peace through forgiveness and integration of their darkest selves. Any person who resentfully waits tables to pay off a $40,000 degree in English literature can take solace in their ability to perceive the nuances within. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Angie Hoover, Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"...for the spectacular performances, clever production, and a timeless message about the human condition, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is just what the doctor ordered."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar
"A clever mix of the original gothic story and their own brand of witty, nuanced humor, Blanket Fort's version of the classic story is an amazing time at the theater, and a must-see for Fringe! Absolutely fantastic!"

sweet - Lacey Rae - Media Geeks - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"What an amazing production, created , produced and starring two remarkable actors recently moved to L..A. from NYC. Their loss is our gain and these two were an incredible duo in this tantalizing adaptation of the classic horror story.Burt Grinstead is am amazing Jekyll and Hyde, while Anna Stromberg dazzles as all the other characters in the play, both men and women. Designed in a black box with all black basic costumes and set pieces, the only color in the entire show appears as the backdrop which changes from almost white to deep, bloody red as called for in the scenes. Movable set prices open to reveal white props and background items, with Stromberg adding white costume pieces such as aprons, hats, a hoop skirt, as well as props to reflect the many characters she portrays - with a different accent for each one as well. Brilliantly staged performed. Get this production into a larger theater as soon as possible so more people can experience the wonder of it."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Grinstead plays the dual role of the meek, good-natured Dr. Jekyll with just the right amount of shy uncertainty then with a quick spasm of energy becomes the evil, wet-fur-smelling vulgar and violent Mr. Hyde. Stromberg is a marvel as all the other characters—Jekyll's fiercely loyal maid, his best friend John, a policeman, other doctors and society mavens and victims as well as a sweet innocent maiden."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Jim Vejvoda
"Great fun! I'm a big fan of the classic story and enjoyed this more tongue-in-cheek interpretation of it. The performances were great, with Anna really mining all the many side character's for as many laughs as possible. And Burt is clearly having fun playing the titular dual role. Go see this!"

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Avatar
"Amazing, creative, funny! Very well done. Anna Stromberg is outstanding in her many roles and accents. Burt Grinstead truly transforms as Mr Hyde. Very entertaining!"

sweet - Debi Chew


Avatar
"A wonderful surprise to see such a funny and literate spoof of this English tale told with such sly humor and with all the necessary vocal and physical skills of an actors' training to pull off such an intelligent and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience. Highly recommended that you do not miss this production."

sweet - MICHAEL PERETZIAN


Avatar
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was one of the greatest pieces of theater I've seen in my lifetime. I was able to catch this show in it's preview on the 4th, completely overwhelmed by the countless ways it obliterated every expectation I've ever had walking into a theater. Masterfully co-written with humor and reverence by Burt and Anna who both brought it into the frame of our world with their exceptional performances, leaving us rolling in laughter and sobbing for our own humanity all at once. No one can afford to miss this. Bravo."

sweet - Stan Mayer