Oklahoma Baptist University

The Woman In Black Opens OBU Theatre Season

Nathan Hollis and Colin Smart star in The Woman in Black

A tale of mystery, The Woman in Black begins Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre’s 2007-08 season. Performances will be in Craig-Dorland Theatre, located in OBU’s Shawnee Hall, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 12 midnight.

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, The Woman in Black is based on the novel by Susan Hill. Critics claim the play is “a classic ghost story following the tradition of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Henry James and Edith Wharton.”

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Colin Smart, a senior theatre major from San Antonio, Texas, plays Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor who is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House.

“Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that remain hidden behind the shuttered windows (of Eel Marsh House),” said Laura Byland, OBU associate professor and director of theatre. “It is not until he glimpses a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, at the funeral, and later at the graveyard, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold.”

Nathan Hollis, a senior theatre major from Clovis, N.M., also performs in the play.

“Stephan Mallatratt’s adaptation for the stage remains entirely true to the book itself and uses much of Susan Hill’s own descriptive writing and dialogue, while transforming the novel into a totally riveting piece of theatre,” said Byland.

Some material may not be suitable for younger children.

To purchase tickets contact the OBU box office at 405-878-2347. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in Sarkeys Telecommunications Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.