A director’s approach to Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
American playwright Jeffrey Hatcher continues his practice of adapting well known works of literature for the stage with his 2008 play, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This thesis considers the play within Hatcher’s cannon and for its particular contribution to the divergent mythologies that exist around Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde tale. A brief examination of the life and work of Hatcher and the production history for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is included in the document along with an analysis of the script. Building upon this information and analysis is an in-depth description of the artistic and practical process of staging the play as a part of the Baylor University Theatre’s 2011 mainstage season.