The Hound / The Yellow Wallpaper
by Gregory Oliver Bodine
Midnight. Late December, 1937. Reed, a disgraced archeologist and aesthete, is running for his life. Having stolen an ancient amulet from the fetid grave of a neglected Holland churchyard, he locks himself in the library of his London townhouse in order to evade the pursuit of some “malign being.” In shocking detail, he recounts a gruesome testimony of unnatural occurrences surrounding the totem’s theft… and the appalling consequences for all who come to possess it.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative young woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a “temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed with the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity.
- Cast Size: THE HOUND (1-2M) THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (1W)
- Running Time (90+ minutes, 40-45 for each show)
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance, $40 for each individual piece.
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About the Playwright
Greg Oliver Bodine is a playwright, actor and voice-over artist based in New York City. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc, Next Stage Press, and have been produced at theaters, colleges and festivals throughout the United States, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and Canada. Poe, Times Two, his solo adaptation of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, received three New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and was voted “Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival” by DC Theatre Scene. Monster’s Lament, his 10-minute adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, was recently produced as part of The Secret Theatre’s 2020 Act One: One-Act Play Festival in Long Island City. Greg is a NYSCA Grant Award-winner and a member of The Dramatist’s Guild.
I saw both of these staged in NYC. The growing unhinging of each character — one in hiding from an outside terror, the other hidden away and succumbing to an inner disorientation — worked quite well onstage!