Meet Our Guest Artists in The Woman In Black


Prepare to be captivated and chilled to the bone as the theatrical sensation THE WOMAN IN BLACK makes its highly anticipated run on our stage.  This timeless ghost story, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill's best-selling novel, has been thrilling audiences in London's West End for over three decades and continues to cast its haunting spell worldwide.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a masterclass in suspense and storytelling. The play follows Arthur Kipps, a solicitor, who is summoned to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a reclusive widow, Mrs. Drablow. In the isolated Eel Marsh House, Kipps discovers the ghostly presence of a mysterious woman in black, leading him into a terrifying journey that unravels a dark and tragic past. As Kipps delves deeper, the boundary between reality and the supernatural blurs, creating an atmosphere of palpable tension and fear.

The production features a talented cast, including Owen Squire Smith as Arthur Kipps, Eric Parker as The Actor, Claire Oliver as Woman in Black 1, and Violet Way as Woman in Black 2. Their compelling performances will draw the audience into the eerie world of Eel Marsh House, making the supernatural events feel all too real.


Owen Squire Smith

Guest Artist:  The Woman In Black

Owen returns to the Barn Theatre after performing in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET last year. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Owen received his MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his BFA in Acting for the Stage & Screen at Azusa Pacific University in California. He would like to thank Brendan & Penelope for this wonderful opportunity, the production team, cast & crew, former teachers, his family, Mom, Dad, Lo Lo, Grandma, and especially, Jesus Christ! @owensquiresmith

Eric Parker - Barn Theatre Guest Star

Eric Parker

Guest Artist:  The Woman In Black

Eric is extremely grateful to mark season 27. A proud alum of the Barn's apprentice program, patrons will undoubtedly remember Eric from his roles in MISERY opposite Kim Zimmer, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, LES MISERABLES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE FULL MONTY, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, SHREK, HAIR, SUNSET BOULEVARD, GROUNDHOG DAY, most of the roles in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, and EVITA, among many others, as well as directing several mainstage productions (most recently our hits CLUE and DOUBT) and bar shows. More about Eric.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is not just a play; it's an experience that lingers long after the curtain comes down. The minimalist set design, atmospheric lighting, and evocative soundscapes combine to create an unsettling and unforgettable journey into the unknown. This production promises to be a must-see event for theatergoers and fans of gothic horror alike.

Produced by Brendan Ragotzy
Brett Burradell is Scenic Designer and Technical Director and Alex Szczotka is Costume Designer. Properties are designed by Steven Lee Burright with Lights designed by David Knewtson. Garrylee McCormick is the Hair/Wig Designer. Troy Benton is Sound Designer.

View the full cast list, show details and ticket information here.