Opens Friday and directed by yours truly!
Daphne du Maurier’s suspenseful novel comes to life onstage as the widow of a man who died inexplicably bewitches his heir. A mesmerizing plot, full of twists, turns and stunning revelations. Rated PG.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: 559-266-0660 or online at gcplayers.com or at the door.
Philip Ashley – Anthony teNyenhuis
Rachel Ashley – Brooke Aiello
Nicholas Kendall – Noel Adams
Louise Kendall – Emily Kearns
Antonio Rainaldi – Kelly Ventura
Seecombe – Thomas Nance
James – Kristina Clark
From director Heather Parish
It is an age-old story in Gothic novels: inexperienced ingenue becomes infatuated with someone years older, with a past, and who is possibly a danger. But Daphne du Maurier always has a twist: the ingenue is a young man and the “menace”, as she called such characters, is an attractive widow.
While Philip Ashley is the principal point of view character in My Cousin Rachel, it is Rachel who wields the power – and who possesses the mystery, sensuality, and ambiguity that people often find threatening.
That ambiguity is at the root of My Cousin Rachel. Doubt is everywhere in this story, even through to the end. People’s assumptions are questioned, the facts of the case reversed, and reversed again, until everyone involved has doubts – including the audience. And while the play has a definite resolution, it doesn’t offer easy answers.
It’s my favorite kind of theater. The kind that we keep turning over in our heads for days after we’ve seen it. We hope that you enjoy this play set in the Victorian age full of breathing, visceral people with “all the human weaknesses, good and bad mixed together” as Rachel says.
And people full of doubt. . . always doubt.