Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Truth reveals ghosts

Spooky stories of ‘The Woman in Black’


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Scott Creighton, left, is a man with secrets and Neil Brookshire is charged with drawing them out, not as a therapist, but on the stage. Photo by Kirsten Shultz

    Company of Fools’ latest production, “The Woman in Black,” starts today, Oct. 17, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. It is a story of a man burdened by demons, literally, and the man who helps him.
    The play by Stephen Malatratt is based on a horror novel about a menacing ghost that haunts a small English town.
    The action takes place in a small theater just after Kipps, a onetime budding actor turned lawyer played by the expressive chameleon Scott Creighton, has encountered Neil Brookshire’s character, an actor, in a pub and intimated a need to unburden himself of some unsavory memories.
    “As tormented and distraught a man as I have ever seen. And when I asked you why—you told me a tale—that chilled me to the marrow—I understood—I sympathized and I made a bargain with you—we would purge you of your nightmare—and we would do it on my ground,” Brookshire relates.
    Says Creighton’s character from the stage, “It’s not a performance that I wish to give. I wish to speak it. No more. For my family, only. For those who need to know. Those terrible things that happened to me—they must— I have to—let them be told.  For my health and reason.
    “All I wish is that this tale of mine be told. Be told and—laid to rest. So I may sleep—without nightmares.”
    Don’t be afraid to get tickets, because those who hesitate will miss out. This specially staged performance has limited seating—and no one wants the nightmare of being left out.


If you dare:
Tickets can be bought online at www.companyoffools.org or at the door.
Tonight, Oct. 17, is “Pay What You Feel” at 7 p.m.
Shows run from tonight through Sunday, Oct. 21; from Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 27; and from Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 3.


 




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