ABOUT: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

The novella, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was adapted for radio and live performance in seven voices by Caledonia Skytower and David Abbot.

 

PERFORMERS/CHARACTERS:

CORWYN ALLEN: Gabriel John Utterson

Utterson is a lawyer and close loyal friend of Jekyll and Lanyon for many years, as far back as University. He is a measured and at all times emotionless, bachelor – who nonetheless seems believable, trustworthy, tolerant of the faults of others, and indeed genuinely likable. He does not partake in gossip or other views of the upper class out of respect for his fellow man.

ELRIK MERLIN: Narration / Inspector Newcomen / & Richard Enfield.

Enfield is Utterson’s cousin and is a well known “man about town.” He first sees Hyde at about three in the morning in an episode that is well documented as Hyde is running over a little girl. He is the person who mentions to Utterson the actual personality of Jekyll’s friend, Hyde. He says that Hyde is disgusting looking but finds himself stumped when asked to describe the man. Newcomen is a police inspector.

DA5ID ABBOT & KAYDEN OCONNELL: Dr Henry Jekyll & Mr Edward Hyde:

Jekyll is a “large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty with something of a slyish cast”. He has spent a great part of his life trying to repress evil urges that were not fitting for a man of his stature. He creates a serum, or potion, in an attempt to separate this hidden evil from his personality. In doing so, Jekyll transformed into the smaller, younger, cruel, remorseless, evil Hyde. Jekyll has many friends and an amiable personality, but as Hyde, he becomes mysterious and violent. Jekyll remains the natural composite of his good and ill natures.  Hyde is entirely evil.

VORTARN TORVALAR: Narration / Dr Hastie Lanyon.

Lanyon is a longtime friend of Jekyll & Utterson, he disagrees with Jekyll’s “scientific” concepts, which Lanyon describes as “…too fanciful”. He is the first person to discover Hyde’s true identity. Lanyon helps Utterson solve the case when he describes the letter given to him by Jekyll and the events that immediately followed.

SHANDON LORING: Narration / Poole. 

Poole is Jekyll’s butler and has been employed by him for many years. Poole serves Jekyll faithfully and attempts to be loyal to his master, but the growing reclusiveness of and changes in his master cause him growing concern.

CALEDONIA SKYTOWER: Narration / Various/ Director.

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PRODUCTION:

Zander Greene:  Fantasy Faire Radio Programming Director

Elrik Merlin: FFR Technical & Licensing Director, and Broadcast Engineer

Caledonia Skytower: FFR Station Manager (Off-Season), Seanchai Library Lead

Da5id Abbot: Poster Image

Music by Paul Mottram, courtesy of Audio Network.

Special Thanks to the Community of Pixeltrix, and specifically to Master Kaos, Cherub Spectre, Meryet Amat, and Nathan Oddfellow for their support in bringing this presentation to you live from their domain in SL.

 

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Ravenheart_Museum_Ad_Graphic (2)The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Fantasy Faire Radio is sponsored by The Ravenheart Museum of Art, Culture, and Curious Things: displaying among the largest public collections of decorative Libertine Eggs by Alia Baroque and currently featuring the exhibition “A Conspiracy of Ravens.” Visit them at number 5 Siddal Street – on Rosehaven Laudanum. 

 

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Portrait by Henry Walter Bennett 1893 (Wikimedia.com)

About Robert Louis Stevenson 

(13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure IslandKidnappedStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses.

 

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew LangEdmund GosseLeslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Stevenson spent several years in search of a location suited to his health, before finally settling in Samoa, where he died. (from Wikipedia.com)

In a literary career studded with noted and beloved works, Robert Louis Stevenson’s all-time bestseller was the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “Novellas” are generally defined as ‘long short stories, or short novels between 17,500 and 40,000 words in length.”  Stevenson’s 1886 work brought reading audiences something unexpected and entirely unique. The novella’s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly wicked.

The book was initially sold as a paperback for one shilling in the UK and for one dollar in the U.S. These books were called “shilling shockers” or penny dreadfuls. Within six months, close to forty thousand copies were sold. As Stevenson’s biographer Graham Balfour wrote in 1901, the book’s success was probably due rather to the “moral instincts of the public” than to any conscious perception of the merits of its art. It was read by those who never read fiction and quoted in pulpit sermons and in religious papers. Despite being initially released as a low-budget publication, it was an immediate success and became one of Stevenson’s best-selling works.

ffr_logoweb2 (1)About Fantasy Faire Radio

Since 2014, Fantasy Faire Radio has been a special event station, sponsored by Radio Riel in its role as Media Partner in Fantasy Faire, the annual celebration of fantasy art, writing, design and creativity that raises money every year in the virtual world of Second Life for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, supporting cancer research, caregivers and cancer sufferers all over the world. In 2017, FFR began broadcasting 24/7, as a full-time internet radio service. Listeners can tune in by opening https://radioriel.org in their internet browser and choosing FANTASY in the top menu, or by opening http://fantasy.radioriel.org in a network audio player.

Seanchai Library 2019 New SmallAbout the Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library (Shawn-a-kee, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds

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