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In ‘Seeking Mister Hyde,’ Woodland playwright explores the inspiration behind a horror classic

By , Columbian staff writer
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Veteran Portland actor John San Nicolas, center, portrays author Robert Louis Stevenson in "Seeking Mister Hyde," an original play by Woodland playwright David Bareford. Henry Lorch, left, portrays the wicked Hyde, while Julisa Wright portrays Fanny, Stevenson's wife.
Veteran Portland actor John San Nicolas, center, portrays author Robert Louis Stevenson in "Seeking Mister Hyde," an original play by Woodland playwright David Bareford. Henry Lorch, left, portrays the wicked Hyde, while Julisa Wright portrays Fanny, Stevenson's wife. (Bobby Pallotta) Photo Gallery

Robert Louis Stevenson was in a fever dream when he tore through the first draft of “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in just three days, according to eyewitnesses. When the author’s wife and severest critic, Fanny, chided him over what seemed to her a juvenile ghost story, Stevenson burned the manuscript and started over, taking about twice as long to complete a new draft — six days.

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