Theresa Rebeck's expressionistic melodrama set in the waning years of the Alaskan Gold Rush tracks the intertwined fates of a gregarious innkeeper, Mathias; his rebellious daughter, Annette; and the misfits of a boomtown gone bust. Hard luck and hunger have brought them together, but when a stranger begins asking questions about the mysterious disappearance of a Chinese prospector, Xiufei, he soon learns that it's every man for himself in this vast, white wilderness, where nothing is quite what it seems, and ghost stories are never taken lightly.
Roselle Center for the Arts/Thompson Theatre, January & February 2017
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Theresa Rebeck
“With the intensity of a Jack London novel and a touch of mystery master Wilkie Collins, Rebeck creates a world replete with the expectations of the genre: a closed circle of desperate people, a mysterious stranger, a threatened heroine and a dark secret, all bound by the lure of a precious metal and the need to survive.” -Delaware Online
““The Bells” really belongs to Rebeck, who asks the question, ‘What does it mean to be human in the wilderness?’” -Delaware Online