posted December 1, 1998

Metamorphosis on Hope Stage

 Hope College Theatre will continue its season with "Metamorphosis," based on the novel by Franz Kafka, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, and Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 9-12, at 8 p.m. in the studio theatre of the DeWitt Center.

          The theatrical adaptation, written by English
  actor and director Steven Berkoff, features a highly
  stylized approach to the darkly comical nightmare.  The
  story follows Gregor Samsa as he wakes up one morning to
  discover he has been transformed into a giant cockroach.
          The production is directed by Jean Reed-Bahle,
  assistant professor of theatre at Hope.  Bahle, a resident
  of Grand Rapids, is known throughout West Michigan for her
  acting and directing abilities.  For the past few years, she
  has been heavily involved with Actor's Theatre in Grand
  Rapids, as well as teaching classes at Hope College.  This
  is Bahle's first time directing at Hope, though one of the
  plays she has written, "Soli's Story," was first performed
  as part of the department's 1996-1997 season.
          The cast includes sophomore Christopher Pozzi-
  Johnson of Geneva, Switzerland, as Gregor; junior David
  Fleming of Grand Rapids as Mr. Samsa; senior Rachael Smith
  of Nunica as Mrs. Samsa; junior Angella Huddleston of
  Romeoville, Ill., as Greta; junior Drew McCulley of Fanwood,
  N.J., as the Chief Clerk and a Lodger; and sophomores Aaron
  Keck of Lansing and Michelle Rynbrandt of Clio as Lodgers.
          Scenic design is by Richard Smith, professor of
  theatre; props designer is junior
  Katherine Drop of Iowa City, Iowa; costume design by
  Michelle Bombe, associate professor of theatre; lighting by
  Perry Landes, associate professor of theatre; sound designer
  is senior Geoff Abbas of Rochester, N.Y.
          Tickets are on sale at the theatre lobby ticket
  office of the DeWitt Center, which may be called at (616)
  395-7890.  The ticket office is open Monday through Friday
  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
          Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for Hope College
  faculty and staff, and $4 for all students.  The DeWitt
  Center is located at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in
  Holland.