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Dorset Players present Henry James adaptation, ‘The Heiress’

Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s 1947 play “The Heiress” opens the 2014-15 season for the Dorset Players.

The play is a well-written adaptation of Henry James’ novel, “Washington Square.” It examines the consequences of failing to recognize and appreciate others for what they are, not what you want them to be.

Sherry Kratzer, the play’s producer, said “The Heiress” is still as relevant as when James conceived the tale and remains popular to this day. The Goetzes were two of the most prolific stage and screen adapters of the last century, and Kratzer said their rendition adds its own excellent writing to offer a tragicomedy of great substance.

“The play recycles the notion that ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ ” Kratzer said. “Witnessing the weak and powerless becoming strong and self-possessed can be rousing for an audience.”

Director, Paul Michael Brinker, said.” “I submitted ‘The Heiress’ because I felt we needed a drama in the season line up,” Brinker said. “I’m very happy and proud the board entrusted me with the 87th season opener in my freshman effort as director.”

“Voyeurism and human conflict are best when wrapped in beauty,” he said. “The mechanics of bringing this show to the stage boil down to respect. ‘The Heiress’ is beautifully written and constructed perfectly, so we really work to honor the written word and do the piece as written.”

Kratzer said, “The Heiress reliably delivers the timeless human desire for justice, emotional equity and good old-fashioned karma. That’s what audiences should take away.”


Adapted from a Special to Berkshires Week & The Shires of Vermont, and written By Telly Halkias.