WRITTEN BY William Goldman
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY Stephen King
DIRECTED BY Curtis Barber
MARCH 3 ‒ 18, 2023
MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
THIS EVENT HAS PASSED
RUNTIME: 2 hrs (one 15-minute intermission)
and FINALIST for Best Artistic Director: Malinda L. Beckham, Best Actress: Malinda L. Beckham, Best Lighting: John Baker and Best Sound: John Harvey
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On a dark and desolate snowy night, successful romance novelist, Paul Sheldon, crashes his car into a snowbank and is rescued by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, who brings the unconscious Paul back to her isolated home. While Paul recovers, Annie reads an unpublished manuscript of his latest novel and becomes distraught when she learns that the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Holding him hostage, Annie forces Paul to write a new novel where Misery survives, and he wonders if Annie has any intention of ever letting him go. When loneliness confuses fictional characters for beloved friends, and passion leads to distortion, can either of them survive the misery?
MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Love does not always feel good. It is not always warm or kind. Love can hurt us, and the lack of love can do even more damage. The idea that love only makes us happy is bunk. Divorce, loneliness, isolation, detachment, self-preservation all can be the result of love gone wrong or love that just never came at all.
Continuing our 2022–2023 “season of love,” Misery explores the heartache and damage that results from the lack of love.
This production of Misery has had its own share of heartache. During the rehearsal period, we lost two of our principal actors to injuries we did not want to exacerbate for the sake of the love of art. Lyndsay Sweeney and Kevin Daugherty had to leave the production to focus on themselves and their health, creating a kind of love that aches when one can’t fulfill a dream. They have both been instrumental to this show and for that we dedicate this production TO KEVI – no “N” and LY – no “N” – DSAY.
Please enjoy the show.
VIEW THE PROGRAM
an entire artistic team doing excellent work
Photos by Gary Griffin
MEET THE CAST
I loved it and felt appropriately on edge the whole show!
The set, the sound, the lighting, the COSTUMES! Congratulations to all!!
Great chemistry! Well worth seeing!
This show will have you on the edge of your seat!
We highly recommend going to see this (or any other) play produced by this group. They do it right!
All in all one of the best Dirt Dogs Productions - a must see!
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