"Cwiklik composes moment after moment of real beauty... a precise and calculated sense of menace... Uses Welles' brilliance as a starting point and ends by making a case for its own... A MOVING AND UNIQUE PIECE OF THEATER." -- Frank Episale, OOBR.COM
"Fulfills much of the material's bizarre promise Welles was too busy to mine... Cwiklik builds an exciting air of intrigue... often mesmerizing... Tom Reid is the kind of wounded monster Fritz Lang might dream up..." -- Stephen Boone, Show Business Weekly
"Transfixing and terrific... Tom Reid is creepily enigmatic, Josh Mertz is dead-on perfect, Michele Schlossberg is a portrait of deadly calm... I said before that Cwiklik is a director of budding brilliance and I was right... THIS IS WHAT THEATRE IS SUPPOSED TO DO." -- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
Pure evil hides itself in a small American town when an escaped Nazi official adopts a new identity and marries into one of America's most prominent families... until an obsessed stranger arrives to flush out his true identity. The only one who can help him -- and one of the only people to know his horrifying secret -- is the woman who loves him. And even she can't help him anymore...
and unrelenting, this emotionally charged World War II spy classic created by
Orson Welles was presented by DMTheatrics in a form closer to that which
Welles originally intended, including restored scenes and original casting
conceits. DMT mainstay Peter B.
Brown, who appeared in the acclaimed
Fringe 2001 production of Daniel Kleinfeld's A Little Piece of the Sun,
stars as the hunted, desperate Franz Kindler, who, having assumed the guise of
New England schoolmaster Charles Rankin, has managed to infiltrate his way not
only into an average American town, but into one of America's most important
political families. Sarah Jane
Bunker, who appeared in Quicksand
and Bitch Macbeth, plays the tormented Mary Longstreet, who falls in love
with Charles -- only to find herself having to protect Kindler. And Michele
Schlossberg brings the smoldering intensity that earned her a sizable fan following
in The Fugitive Girls! to the role of Wilson, the determined, ruthless spy
hunter who will stop at nothing -- not even the destruction of a New England
community -- to catch this inhuman monster. Noir in tone, fatalistic in nature, and full of rage and horror at the
loss and waste of war, this entry is like the cry of a wounded beast.
It is impossible to look away.
The Stranger opened at the historic Red Room on December 6th, 2001, and ran for eleven performances, playing to enthusiastic audience response and rave reviews. WINNER 2002 OOBR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION!
from the motion picture THE STRANGER , written by Anthony Veillor and John
Huston, adapted by Orson Welles
, written by Anthony Veillor and John
Huston, adapted by Orson Welles
Your cast of characters (in order of their appearance on our stage): TOM REID as Meinikie * GERALD MARSINI as Farbright * IAN W. HILL as Faber * JOSH MERTZ as Guinaza * GERALD MARSINI as the Photographer * MICHELE SCHLOSSBERG as Wilson * JOSH MERTZ as Potter * SARAH JANE BUNKER as Mary * PETER B. BROWN as Rankin/Kindler * IAN W. HILL as Longstreet * DAN MACCARONE as Noah * GERALD MARSINI as Jeff * MOIRA STONE as Sarah
Special thanks to Bob Laine, Trav S.D., and especially Sam Schneider
Sound Design and Recording by Youthquake!
ADAPTED, DESIGNED AND DIRECTED BY FRANK CWIKLIK
FIRST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room,. 12/6/01 / LAST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room, 12/23/01