Tennessee Repertory Theatre's 2011-2012 professional interns will present The Woman in Black, a ghost play adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill. The Woman in Black runs May 20-22 at 7:00 pm at Tennessee Rep's Rehearsal Hall (NPT Studio A, 161 Rains Avenue).
Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged lawyer, has been haunted for years by a series of events he experienced as a young man. Hoping to free himself of his nightmares at last, Kipps hires a young actor to help him tell his tale. As the two men dive deeper and deeper into the story, however, they begin to find that some things can never be put to rest.
Daniel DeVault, Tennessee Rep's Professional Stage Management Intern is directing the production. "I am just thrilled to be getting my hands on this piece," says DeVault. "The Woman in Black is truly a celebration of what theatre can be. I love that it makes everyone involved use their imaginations to create the world around them. It really takes our audience out of their world and their comfort zone and makes them view situations not for what they are, but for what they can be. This is not just a ghost story, but also a story of human tragedy. It is about loss and grief and the inability to deal with it, taking the tale beyond just being extremely creepy and creating a story that I hope will really move you."
The cast features Rodney Pickel as Arthur Kipps and Sean Hills as the young actor.
"Creeping people out is always fun," says Pickel. "This play-within-a-play is so well-written. It's like one of those thrillers you see that has you connecting the dots until the very end, and if you're really good you might connect some of them yourself. Daniel is an excellent young director; thorough and meticulous with every detail. He and his crew of professional interns at Tennessee Rep have created a piece of theatre that is not to be missed. I am honored to be a part of it."
Tennessee Repertory Theatre's Internship Program is designed to offer hands-on professional experience to students, graduates, and early career professionals who are pursuing a career in theatre. Interns are offered the opportunity to gain practical knowledge while working with experienced professionals in theatre arts and administration. It strives to offer a program that helps each intern accomplish steps towards their career goals, while also allowing them to observe and experience the general day-to-day workings of a professional regional theatre. For more information on the Internship Program, visit tennesseerep.org/internship.php
Since 1985, Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been a critically acclaimed regional theatre, creating the highest quality professional productions and by serving as a prime cultural, educational, and economic resource within the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Tennessee Rep produces work that is designed, built, and rehearsed in Nashville by highly skilled actors, designers, directors, and technicians. A non-profit organization, Tennessee Rep is committed to consistently delivering thought-provoking theatre each year. For more information on the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, please visit www.tennesseerep.org.