MISERY follows the successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Dave Krostal), who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes (Liz Jockisch), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does.
There is one other character, Buster, the sheriff (John Johnson).
Misery is based on the psychological horror thriller novel written by Stephen King and was adapted to the stage by William Goldman. This play does resemble more the book than the movie, though fans of the movie will not be disappointed as the story is the same. It should be noted that Misery is intended for mature audiences due to language.
Misery is directed by Amy DeTrempe-Williams, stage managed by Kathy Hauk, with set design by Jack Clifford and Christine Paternoga, Stage Combat/Fight Choreography by Jeremie Davis, props by Cristin Robertson, costumes by Carrie McMillion and Lora Stone, hair and makeup by Kieth Wagner, sound by Zachary Robertson and Lee Lard, and lighting design by Wayne Carey. In addition, our revolve technician is Ricky Hawkins, and the person responsible for making the revolve possible is Howard Gorman.
Show performances are October 7-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at peoriaplayers.org or by calling 309-688-4473.