Adapting The Doctor and the Devils

Owl-Light Theater Company has embarked on a theatrical re-telling of Dylan Thomas' screenplay, The Doctor and the Devils. It's a potent and vital piece of literature, written by a master, and a story which is necessary to be told in our current social-political climate. This adaptation of The Doctor and the Devils for the stage is supported in part by The Dylan Thomas Estate.

To celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day this year, we made a promo video of our adaptation. Check it out:

Thomas' story is based on the true events surrounding the 1828 trial of "Burke and Hare" in Edinburgh, Scotland. At this time, professors in anatomy could not legally obtain cadavers for study of the human body in order to advance medical science. They were left with little options, save to illegally pay for stolen corpses, which were sold to them by grave robbers, or the so called "resurrectionists". The fresher the bodies, the more the medical professors paid. Two sordid men began murdering people and selling the bodies to the school. The professors never asked questions as to where the bodies were coming from. The authorities caught on after a total of 16 murdered human bodies were sold.

About The Artists

KATHERINE KAHRS (Creator) is a New York City based actor, writer and producer of independent film and theater. Having grown up on a sheep farm in rural New Jersey and often left to her own devices, starting at a young age Ms. Kahrs was drawn to performing and storytelling, with an acute affection for ghost stories, folklore and the macabre.Katherine spent several years as a teaching artist in New York, directing children’s theater and running her private voice studio. She has since, redirected her ambitions toward developing her own projects. Along with adapting and creating The Doctor and the Devils, she currently has several film projects in various stages of development. Katherine’s film/TV credits include: CBS, ABC and Turner Broadcasting, as well as working in New York independent film and theater. Her film, 79'Parts, traveled to festivals throughout states and abroad, winning the ‘Audience Award for Best Feature Film’, at the Soho International Film Festival in 2016. Katherine holds a BA in Theater Arts from Drew University. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

LACY ROSE (Composer) is a classically trained vocalist, composer, and poet born and bred in Texas. While living in Austin she sang regularly with the Texas Early Music Project and Austin Baroque Orchestra, in addition to hosting countless parlor concerts at the Sekrit Theater. Since moving to New York she has collaborated regularly with choreographer Coco Karol, composer Sxip Shirey, and composer poet Alaina Ferris; She has opened for and performed with such eclectic artists as Cocorosie, Baby Dee, Dave Malloy, and Osso String Quartet. In August she made her Mostly Mozart Festival debut in the Schubertiade Remix at Lincoln Center alongside members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. On New Year’s Eve she performed with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley for their Phantasmagoria at the Brooklyn Bazaar. She recently completed a three movement EP entitled Mizzi (arranged for strings by John K. Stone) which explores the inner life and personhood of Gustav Klimt's muse, Maria Zimmermann.

JONATHAN RANDELL SILVER (Co-adapter) works as an actor and magician in NYC. He is currently in RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK at The Tank Theatre. Other recent Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre credits include shows at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New World Stages, The Davenport, The Pearl, Labyrinth, Denver Center Theatre, ART, Westport Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown, Charles Playhouse. Film and TV credits include: Nevada (Sundance); Keeping the Faith; Jack; Dear John; Rover (Slamdance); Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon); The Knick (Cinemax); Bored To Death (HBO); Royal Pains (USA). Proud artistic member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Jonathan was educated and trained at Drew University and LAMDA.

CATRIONA RUBENIS-STEVENS (Director) - Catriona Rubenis-Stevens moved to the USA a decade ago from England to pursue a life in the arts. She attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in music with a minor in film at New Jersey City University. She has worked as an actor for over 25 years in the theater, both in England and New York/New Jersey. During the last decade, she has been working steadily as a stage and film director, choreographer and producer. Her films have been screened around the world, and have garnered numerous awards at festivals including; The New York International Film Festival, The Amsterdam Film Festival, BBC ALBA in Glasgow and the Berlin International Film Awards. Family on Board, for which Catriona was the 1st Assistant Director on, was selected for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2016 Oscars. And for her short film The Path of Avarice, Catriona recently won "Best International Film" at the Brightside Tavern Film Festival, and was nominated "Best Director" at the BBC ALBA Film G awards in Scotland. Her latest film,, noun, is currently on the festival circuit and has been nominated for multiple awards including "Best Director" and "Best Screenplay". Catriona recently directed the sold-out theatrical run of Hatful of Rain produced the very successful off-Broadway run of The Chekhov Dreams at Theatre Row, Swan Song at the Irish Rep and the US premiere of the very controversial Russian play I Plead Guilty. She also works as a educator and theater director/choreographer in public schools.


Concert / Reading

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ensemble Studio Theatre
545 W 52nd Street
New York, NY

Conceived & Produced by Katherine Kahrs

Screenplay by Dylan Thomas

Adapted for the Stage by Katherine Kahrs & Jonathan Randell Silver

Music & Lyrics by Lacy Rose

Directed by Dara Malina

Musical Direction by Roland Davis

Accepting Donations through Fractured Atlas