News From Terre Haute, Indiana


July 11, 2013

Crossroads Rep offers a scream with ‘The Woman in Black’

TERRE HAUTE — The summer season at Indiana State University’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre is themed “Three Laughs and a Scream,” and this weekend’s play offers the “scream” portion of the promised fare.

“The Woman in Black” is the second longest-running nonmusical play in London, running for more than 24 consecutive years. It has also been made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. The Gothic horror tale was written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novella by Susan Hill. Associate Artistic Director Chris Berchild is directing the play, bringing his flair for special effects to bear on this rendition.

Performances are scheduled for Friday through Sunday and July 19 and 23.

A popular tradition around campfires is to tell ghost stories, and this offering is known as a ghost play.

“Our intent is to make you feel like someone is looking over your shoulder, like a good thriller should,” Berchild said. “If you don’t scream a couple of times or feel the hair rise on your neck, we haven’t done our job.”

The play tells the story of Arthur Kipps (Eddie Urish), once a junior solicitor, who was sent to a small English town to settle the estate of a deceased woman who lived in an isolated, mysterious mansion. What he never expected was that the sight of a wasted-away woman dressed in black would set off a horrific series of events that would change his life forever.

During the play, Kipps hires an actor (Brandon Wentz) who helps him revisit and work through the horror caused by his encounter with the woman. The audience witnesses Kipps reliving the frightful events as the actor forces him to delve into the terrifying details of the past as they re-enact each one.

“Many people think of gory movies when they think of horror. This is not that style of horror,” Berchild explained. “Instead, the Gothic horror genre is the type where there are strange noises and lights turn on for no reason. In the play, Kipps has to deal with his haunting or go mad.”

“The Woman in Black” is such a popular work that it has been translated into a dozen languages and produced in more than 40 countries. The Crossroads Rep interpretation includes many special effects that engage the audience and make tit feel part of the action.

After the Sunday matinee, the audience is invited to stay for a free Sunday Talk. James Wurtz, assistant professor of English at Indiana State, will talk about the world of Gothic horror and how it relates to this play.

Season tickets for all four shows of the “Three Laughs and a Scream” summer season are available for $52. Admission to “The Woman in Black” costs $15. Indiana State students get one free ticket with student ID, while ISU faculty and staff are admitted for a reduced price.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.crossroads or at the box office located inside the New Theater, 540 N. Seventh St.

If you go

• What: “The Woman in Black”

• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (4 p.m. Sunday) and July 19 and 23.

• Tickets: $15 general admission; $12 Indiana State faculty and staff; ISU students free with student ID

• Call: 812-237-3333

• Visit:

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, Attacks Escalate Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Neighbors Mourn Killing of Texas Family Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Soft Robot Fish Lead New Wave of Robotics Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver 'Game of Thrones' Leads Emmy Nominees World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Raw: Truck Crash Spills Turkeys on Va. Highway Hong Kong 3D Museum Displays Trick Art
NDN Video
Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel The World Waits on King James Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Aerial fish restocking in Utah Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010