Stephen Mallatratt's 1987 adaptation of Susan Hill's novel The
Woman in Black came about when the playwright was asked to write
a filler piece for the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, England,
with the stipulation that the play have a minimum of actors and
scenery. His solution to the numerous locales and characters in
the novel was to set the play in a rented theatre, where the main
character is rehearsing a presentation of his story. The scrim,
which goes from opaque to transparent several times, was one of
the devices Mallatratt used to simplify the staging.
The Woman in Black has been running continuously in London
for over 25 years, and you can get more information on the
show's own website.
"The production not only benefits from the wonderfully decorated
theater, but also employs lights, sound and projections to enhance
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Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Hayward, CA