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‘Misery’: Millbrook Playhouse brings classic Stephen King novel to life

MILL HALL — Millbrook Playhouse’s closing Cabaret act for the 2022 summer season will be none other than “Misery,” premiering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to a recent press release.

Misery, a production by William Goldman, based on a novel by beloved thriller author Stephen King, follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “No. 1 fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home, according to the press release.

“While Paul is recovering, Annie reads the manuscript of his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere,” according to the press release.

“The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does,” the release states.

Lawrence Lesher returns to the Playhouse to direct the production. His previous Millbrook shows include Tuna Christmas in 2013, Shakespeare Abridged and Rounding Third in 2014. The show stars newcomer Alice Kelly Bahlke as Annie Wilkes, and Timothy J. Cox, last seen in Rounding Third, as Paul Sheldon. Lesher will appear as Buster.

The production team includes set design by Travis Williams, costume design by Bonnie Hall, lighting design by Brooke Reese, sound design by Ericka Conklin and props design by David Singleton.

The production stage manager is Elizabeth (Bizzy) Miner, and assistant stage manager is V.C. Deener. Artistic Director David Leidholdt and General Manager David Gritzner are excited to finish out the season with Misery.

The show runs Friday and Saturday, and Aug. 10 through 13 at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, Aug. 7, 10, and 14. Tickets can be purchased at the box office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by phone at 570-748-8083 and online at www.millbrookplayhouse.org.

Potential showgoers are reminded this production contains some adult language.

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