"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...

Gripping 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!

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Adapted from the motion picture THE STRANGER, written by Anthony Veillor and John Huston, adapted by Orson Welles *  Screen Story by Victor Trivas and Decla Dunning *  Adapted for the stage and with additional material by Frank Cwiklik

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

Set Construction/Technicals:  Berit Johnson  *  Publicity:  Scott Makin  *  Additional Voiceover and ADR:  Carrie Johnson, Frank Cwiklik, Ian W. Hill, Moira Stone

Special thanks to Bob Laine, Trav S.D., and especially Sam Schneider

Sound Design and Recording by Youthquake!

PRODUCED BY MICHELE SCHLOSSBERG AND FRANK CWIKLIK.  

ADAPTED, DESIGNED AND DIRECTED BY FRANK CWIKLIK

PRESS MATERIALS:

OOBR.com review * NYTheatre.com review * Show Business Weekly review

FIRST PERFORMANCE:  The Red Room,. 12/6/01  /  LAST PERFORMANCE:  The Red Room, 12/23/01