W&L Alum's Play Staged in New York

David DeChristopher, Washington and Lee Class of 1975

David DeChristopher '75

A "ghost opera with dance" by Washington and Lee alumnus Dave DeChristopher, of the Class of 1975, has been playing in New York during February.

"Circle of Haunts" is based on themes from Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" and features appearances of such famous supernatural figures as the ghost of Hamlet's father and the witches of Macbeth. Billed as a "psychological horror without the classic blood scenes," it was staged by the Xoregos Performing Company.

The seven New York performances showcase the play with the hope of interesting other venues and producers for additional runs.

David is a teaching artist at Notre Dame Academy, in Toledo, where he teaches in the International Baccalaureate Theater, offering courses in competitive speech and drama. He also has directed Clay High School's theater program for the past five years.

In addition to his playwriting and teaching, David is a familiar fixture in the Toledo theater scene. He is active with the Village Players and Toledo Rep as a director and actor and is a founding member of the Glacity Theatre Collective. In addition to Toledo, he's performed in several Michigan venues, including the Ann Arbor Performance Network.

David spent a quarter century acting, writing and teaching in New York after receiving his B.A. in drama from W&L and a master's degree from Hunter College, where he studied under Tina Howe, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

"Circle of Haunts" is his latest play. Others include "Vampires in 'Da House," "The Jack Report," "Home Fries" and "Among My Souvenirs." His play "Fifteen Minutes" was named one of the Best American Short Plays in 1998-99.

 

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