Hunchback of Notre Dame


Greg's stage adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame was commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and performed at that theatre to open the 1987-1988 season. The production marked the first time members of the Actors Equity Association—three professional actors in lead roles—had been employed in a regular season show.

In the program Playwright's note, Greg said, "Our existence begins in the most protective shelter of them all. But from the moment of birth, we begin to slowly, steadily lose our protective shelters. We adjust, carefully create new defenses, and carry on, until finally stripped of the protection of life itself.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is about four people adjusting, after voluntarily casting aside shelters that had become too confining. Pierre leaves the country, Claude leaves the Church, Quasimodo leaves Claude, and Esmerelda allows herself to fall in love. For some of these people the outcome is tragic. But ultimately The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not a tragic story.

It is a story of love, good and bad.

It is the story of the best week in Quasimodo's life."

Seattle Times review by Karen Mathieson