Misery – The Play

Runs Jan 19Feb 4, 2024
Book by:William Goldman
Based on the novel by:Stephen King
Age Recommendation:Adults and teenagers age 17 and older
Content Advisory:Misery is rated R and contains onstage violence, gun shots, and strong adult language
Approximate Run Time:1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission
Preview Night:Pick-Your-Price Night
Ticket Discount Available:After Preview Night for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Active Military
Wheelchair/Companion Seats:Contact the Box Office

Rescued from a car crash that leaves him unable to walk, novelist Paul Sheldon wakes in the secluded home of Annie Wilkes, his self-proclaimed number one fan. But doting convalescent care quickly turns into unhinged rage when Annie learns that Paul’s latest novel includes the death of her favorite character—and Paul is left to fight for his life if he has any hopes of escape. Whether you’re a newcomer to the story or a devoted fan, this spine-tingling, tense cat-and-mouse stage adaptation will grip you until the very end.

“This 90 minute stage adaptation plays out faster than snow piling up in a Colorado blizzard.” —NBC NY


Masks are optional in the theater building. Since public health guidance can change, we encourage you to check our regularly updated health and safety protocols at paplayers.org/health-and-safety prior to each performance date. All performances and protocols are subject to change.

Director: Kimberly Ridgeway
Scenic Designer: Gillian Ortega
Fight Coordinator:Dave Maier
Costume Designer: Greet Jaspaert
Lighting Designer: Edward Hunter
Properties Designer:
Kevin Davies
Sound Designer: Samuel Fiedel
Sound Supervisor: Jeff Grafton
Master Electrician:
David Serafini
Stage Manager:
Lauren Howry
Technical Director/Master Carpenter: Kevin Davies

Annie Wilkes: Maria Marquis
Paul Sheldon:
Christopher Mahle
Zachary Vaughn-Munck
Annie Understudy: Lisa Burton Guevara
Paul/Buster Understudy: Christian Vaughn-Munck

Special events taking place during the run of this show include:

Preview Night: Pick-Your-Price
Friday, January 19
Pick-Your-Price Night makes theatre affordable for all. Choose from three ticket price suggestions.

Opening Night
Saturday, January 20
Enjoy a post-show champagne/sparkling cider toast in the outdoor courtyard, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Wine Down Friday
Friday, January 26
For those 21+, join us before the show to enjoy complimentary wine in the lobby, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Post-Show Cast Talkback
Sunday, January 28
Enrich your experience at our Talkback series with the director and the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.

ASL-Interpreted Performance
Sunday, January 28
An American Sign Language interpreter will be located near the stage at House Left for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Seats marked with an “i” symbol provide the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. We are grateful to The Palo Alto Weekly’s Holiday Fund for their generous grant to improve accessibility for our actors and audience members at this production.

Make a Play Date Performance
Limited to the first 20 kids | Sign up at bit.ly/MISCLASS
Sunday, February 4
Parents, enjoy a matinee of Stephen King’s thriller MISERY while your kids attend a free theatre class in the Lucie Stern Community Room next to the theater! Professional teaching artists within our Palo Alto Players community will provide snacks, activities, and theatre games for children ages 5-12 during the final matinee, to allow their parent(s) or guardian(s) attend the play. The class is FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket to the show. Get your tickets first, then visit bit.ly/MISCLASS to secure your 2/4 “Make a Play Date” kids’ class spot!


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