In 1890s London, a recent night of fatal violence has terrorized the city. Scotland Yard fears that the infamous Jack the Ripper has finally returned home. Inspector William Wright has staked his career on bringing the killer to justice and believes he finally has his man. Wright will stop at nothing to make sure that George Bessel goes to the gallows for the crime. However, Bessel’s partner and friend, Theresa Vincey, protests his innocence. The leading witness to the crime, Vincey holds the key to Bessel’s fate. As the investigation unfolds with interviews, flashbacks, and a haunting ripper chorus, we learn about Vincey and Bessel’s life work as Spectral Scientists, seeking to prove that the truth exists beyond this physical realm. The tension mounts as the identity of who - or what - is truly responsible is finally revealed, proving that the truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This show is an adaptation of the short story, “The Stolen Body,” by H.G. Wells, that weaves mystery and intrigue with humor, to create a suspenseful, yet comedic theatrical production that will leave the audience wanting more.
“Mr. Boone has the skill to capture how modern comedy takes shape-his characters have the ability to dispense a wealth of witty repartee...and without stooping to cheap gimmicks.” -Dr. Marti Runnels, Wayland Baptist University
“The Darkness Inside is rich in characterization and meanings, and while being an original piece of theatre, it also remains faithful to the original short story. This is a horror adaptation with effective and comic dialogue, worthy of attention.” - Dr. Norman Bert, Texas Tech University
“The murderous and supernatural aspects of the play are definitely sensational and interesting, creating a very theatrical and visually stimulating experience.”- Austin Film Festival Critique
PLAYWRIGHT BILLY W. BOONE TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
THE DARKNESS INSIDE
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: This play was the end result of my graduate playwriting class for adapting works in public domain for the stage. I specifically chose “The Stolen Body,” as I love the work of H.G. Wells and the Victorian era in English history.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite part is the mixture of comedy, science-fiction, and mystery. I really enjoy the role that Tubbs and the Porter play to bring levity to the show.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: Most of the characters directly come from the character from “The Stolen Body” by H.G. Wells. The others are complimentary pieces that have been added to flesh out the show.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I love spectacle. I love mystery. I love comedy. So, I tried to marry all three of these elements with this show. Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde meets Monty Python. Equal parts science-fiction, mystery, and comedy.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: This show was so much fun to write. It is a significant departure from the shows I have written previously. At all of the workshops and readings, the participants had so much fun with this show. I believe that this is a show that will be as enjoyable for the cast and crew, as it is for the audience.