Blog: Gaslight Begins September 29

Angel Street (Gaslight) Begins September 29 at Hedgerow

Hedgerow Theatre Company tackles its toughest and most thrilling piece this season with Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street, better known as Gaslight.

To helm a play like this takes an understanding of difficult material, as well as an eye for good drama. Cara Blouin, Hedgerow’s director of Hamilton’s riveting piece, is the Art Pastor at the Art Church of West Philadelphia. She is best known in Philadelphia for producing Dan Rottenberg Is Thinking About Raping You and The Republican Theater Festival. She also directed Afterlife and Glossolalia, both finalists in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Theater Festival (NYC).

Gaslight is a tightly written mystery and a horror story for women. The characters are layered and deep as is evidenced by the play’s place in psychology and the larger culture. These characters resonate deeply with me as real people with very real obstacles,” Blouin noted. “Horror is only horrifying if you care about the person that is suffering. The stakes for Bella are very high, and if the audience cares about her, her struggle to keep her head above water will be compelling.”

At the opening of the drama, Bella, played by frequent guest artist Jennifer Summerfield, is on edge, and the stern reproaches from her husband, Jack, portrayed by Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed, make matters worse. Jack is attempting to convince his wife that she is losing her mind by manipulating small things around the house, such as pictures and jewelry, and then insisting that Bella remembers things incorrectly, but the mystery the audience must solve is why.

“Gaslight is painfully relevant today,” Blouin stated. “The term ‘gaslighting’ came into the world of psychology and then into popular culture via this play. It’s about the process of making someone doubt their own reality. The play—which premiered long before the concept of ‘gaslighting’ illuminated a certain type of abusive relationship—presented an extremely accurate depiction of such a relationship. So accurate that the script and the movie versions of the play are used as teaching tools for counseling and psychology students.”

The story has attracted artists such as Vincent Price, who appeared in the original Broadway production in 1941, and Ingrid Bergman, who played the wife in the 1944 film.. It is a deeply moving, and shocking drama that touches audiences profoundly. In a world where you don’t know if you can trust your senses or your spouse, where do you turn?

Adult ticket prices for are $34. There is a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those 30 and under and students are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change.
For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).