Bringing William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist to the stage takes some courage. Not only is the novel a timeless best-seller, but the film that followed is revered as one of the greatest, and officially remains the highest grossing, horror films of all time. As I’ve previously posted, The Exorcist stage play will run from July 3 to August 12, 2012, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and is directed by John Doyle. It promises to be unmissable.
The Geffen Playhouse website recently released an official blurb and promotional image as publicity slowly starts to roll out for the event.
The most chilling test of faith come to life on stage. This world premiere adaptation of the famous 1971 novel documenting the terror and redemption of a ten-year-old girl remains as frightening and relevant as when first experienced. Under the direction of Tony Award winner John Doyle and adapted by acclaimed playwright John Pielmeier (Agnes of God), The Exorcist transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful.
I like this image of Regan in her nightgown and the monstrous shadow of the demon (Pazuzu?) behind her. It smacks of the right amount of ‘creepy’ this play seems to be offering, as apposed to the blood and violence that so often is the focus on what is otherwise a perfect drama about the test of a man’s faith.
I only wish I could get along to see this when it opens.