Author Thomas Lakeman to present "The Birth-Mark" program Jan. 8

Tue, 12/16/2008 (All day)

Dec. 16, 2008

MOBILE, Ala. – The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library will present a program based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic horror story, “The Birth-Mark,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in Moorer Hall, room 101, on the campus of Spring Hill College. Mobile author Thomas Lakeman plans to screen a DVD of his stage adaptation and discuss the similarities and differences between the source material and the final version.

“My dramatic adaptation of ‘The Birth-Mark’ for the stage is inspired by old Universal horror movies, and the story actually has a lot of the elements we've come to associate with those films,” Lakeman explains. “There's a mad scientist (an alchemist in Hawthorne's original), a hunchbacked assistant, even a damsel in distress. When you see the film, you'll notice little homages to other horror tales – notably Frankenstein, Bluebeard and Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca.’” 

Lakeman is the author of “The Shadow Catchers” and “Chillwater Cove,” as well as five dramatic pieces for the Mobile’s Playhouse in the Park.

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation and discussion. A donation of $5 is requested. For more information call (251) 479-1976