Northwest NEWS

October 16, 2000


Classic thiller opens at Redwood Theartre

The Redwood Theatre 2000-2001 season opens with a production of "The Haunting of Hill House," based on the novel by Shirley Jackson.
   This drama, directed by Michael Brunk, revolves around an investigation of the forbidding and sinister Hill House and the history of supernatural phenomena that have made the house uninhabitable for many years.
   As the research continues, the investigators are plagued by strange and eerie events that eventually build to a dramatic conclusion.
   "This is a psychological story," comments Brunk, "and centers on the reactions of the characters to the events that occur in the house. It's a great Halloween play, as it's scary in essence, but it also has its light moments. It's not really dark and foreboding."
   The cast features R. Clifton Sheppard, winner of Redwood's Best Supporting Actor-Male award for the 1999-2000 season, as Dr. Montague, the investigator of Hill House, and Laura Drevecky, winner of Redwood's Best Supporting Actor-Female award for the 1999-2000 season, as Theodora.
   Other members of the cast and crew return from Redwood's 1999 production of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians," selected Best Show of the 1999-2000 season.
   "I've worked with most of these people before," says Brunk, "as I was the director for "Ten Little Indians" and they mesh well with my directing style. I tend to have a collaborative approach to directing and I encourage cast members to own their own roles and work with me on ideas for their characters. We all work together and have fun."
   "The Haunting of Hill House" opens Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 4.
   Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. All performances are on the stage at the Redmond Senior Center.
   Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. For reservations, call (206) 525-3493.