Theatre of Gadsden collaborating for June performance of Misery

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The Theatre of Gadsden and Actors Community Playhouse of Anniston are collaborating on a stage play of Stephen King’s macabre thriller, Misery, this coming week.

“Stephen King’s stories are so iconic, but there’s an entirely new layer of depth to them when you are actually in the room with these characters,” Annslyn Pilkington, creator of Actors Community Playhouse in Anniston, said. “It’s one thing to read his books or watch a film adaptation, but to be sitting in a darkened theatre with Annie Wilkes as she descends even further into madness lets you enjoy the story in a brand-new, unexpected way.”

Actors Community Playhouse first staged Misery at the McClellan Theater in Anniston earlier this month, and the cast of characters — Melissa Crow as Annie Wilkes, Ian Johnson as Paul Sheldon, and Madison McWilliams as Sheriff Buster — turned in heart-stopping performances.

Now, thanks to a unique partnership between two companies, the show is coming to life once again.

“Community theatre is not possible without theatres coming together with the common goal of advancing the arts in our communities,” Nica Hodge, board member and production team member with Theatre of Gadsden, said.

Tickets for Misery are on sale now, with two performances scheduled. The first performance is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, and the second one is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Ritz Theatre, located at 310 Wall St. in downtown Alabama City.

True to Stephen King’s work, the show contains adult themes and content, as well as some intense theatrical elements.

For tickets and more information, visit www.theatreofgadsden.org or call 256-547-7469.

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