By Jess Hughes
Duluth Playhouse Underground is proud to present Misery, William Goldman’s stage adaptation of Stephen King's gripping, psychological thriller, running October 12-28, 2023. Despite not having opened yet, Misery has already garnered such high demand that its initial two-week run has been extended to three weeks due to sold-out performances.
Misery brings to life the terrifying tale of Paul Sheldon, a bestselling romantic novelist, whose car crash during a blizzard lands him in the care of his self-proclaimed “#1 Fan” Annie Wilkes. What initially seems like a stroke of luck quickly turns into a nightmare as Paul realizes that Annie's obsession with his work conceals a dark and deadly secret. This heart-pounding play promises an unforgettable experience filled with suspense, drama, and unexpected twists.
"For our production of Misery, the audience is framed like the walls of Paul's room - giving witness to the horror while being the very thing that imprisons him,” said director Anika Thompson. “As the volatile relationship between Annie and Paul unravels, it escalates to inescapable violence, made all the more terrifying as the explosive unpredictability of Annie Wilkes reverberates through this intimate space.”
This production will mark a historic milestone as it becomes the inaugural performance at The Lab, the new home of DPH's Underground. The cast is made up of three beloved, local actors, with Molly O'Neill in the role of Annie Wilkes, Luke Moravec as Paul Sheldon, and Eric Elefson portraying Buster.
Tickets are now on sale. To book seats, visit the box office at the NorShor Theatre Monday through Friday 10am - 5pm, call 218-733-7555, or visit: https://www.duluthplayhouse.org/shows/misery.