9th Season A Psychological Study of Obsession
TR Robertson– Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Hjalmar Soderberg’s 1905 novella, Dr. Glas, now streaming through North Coast Repertory Theatre, will take viewers through a one-hour observation of one man’s struggle with lost love, obsessive desire, life and death conflicts and a warped commitment to a lost cause. A masterful performance by award winning veteran actor Daniel Gerroll, under the direction of NC Rep Artistic Director David Ellenstein, brings Hatcher’s adaptation to stage in this World Premiere performance. Hatcher’s story comes from David Barrett’s translation of this Swedish novella, taking place in the early 20th century in Stockholm, Sweden. Director David Ellenstein was also able to collaborate with Hatcher and Daniel Gerroll in bringing this production to the NC Rep stage.
Almost resembling an Edgar Allen Poe tale, this one man’s monologue takes viewers into the life of Dr. Glas and his story of becoming increasingly involved in the life of one couple and their marital problems, flowing back and forth with occasional bits of humor surrounded by the doctor’s quiet desperation. As the good doctor’s tale unfolds, the doctor falls deeper and deeper into the misbelief that helping the woman, Mrs. Gregorius, with her unfortunate marital circumstance will somehow work to his benefit. Reverend Gregorius and his wife are suffering through issues of the Reverend’s feelings about his “marital rights” and his younger wife’s disdain for him. You also hear about Dr. Glas’s personal romantic experience, his attempts to help other patients with their problems, his relationship with those he thinks are friends, his relationship with his father, all while feeling he had “the skills to prop up human wreckage”. All of this occurring as the doctor plots the best way to commit murder and help Mrs. Gregorius with being trapped in a loveless marriage. Dr. Glas’s personal feelings about love are summed up as he states, “Nothing defeats a man as knowing he is not loved”. What the outcome of the doctor’s obsession will be, will he win the heart of his patient, will he commit murder in the name of love, all are answered, but you will need to sign up for the streaming version of the play to see the results. Dr. Glas says, “Life passed me by”, but do not let this tremendous performance of the World Premiere of this play pass you by as Daniel Gerroll brings a passionate and emotional performance to the NC Rep stage.
Daniel Gerroll is both an actor and a director and a veteran of Broadway productions, like Plenty, High Society and Enchanted April as well as over 30 Off-Broadway productions. He has received Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards as well as appearing in numerous television and film productions.
The North coast Rep production staff assisting Director David Ellenstein included Stage Manager/Cinematographer/Editor/Production and Sound Designer Aaron Rumley, Set Designer Marty Burnett, Costume Designer Elisa Benzoni and Properties Manager Phillip Korth.
Online streaming tickets for the play can be purchased at www.northcoastrep.org or call 858-481-1055. The play will run through August 15th. North Coast Rep’s 40th Season will open live on stage, with an audience, on Sept. 8th as Dancing Lessons, by Mark St. Germain will begin the season.