GHENT, N.Y. -- Ghent Playhouse is opening its 38th season with "The Countess" by Gregory Murphy.
The play opens on Friday and runs through Oct. 28. Per formances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sun days at 2 p.m.
Kate McCready Gulliver is directing the production.
There will be a "Talk Back" with the playwright following the Oct. 13 performance.
Based on one of the most notorious scandals of Victor ian England, "The Countess" is a psychological drama of madness, cruelty, obsession and love involving well-known art critic John Ruskin, his wife Effie Gray Ruskin, and his friend and protégé, the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
The cast members are Todd Hamilton, Anya Krawcheck, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Michael Meier, Glenn Barrett, Lael Locke and Tracy Trimm.
Murphy is a playwright and novelist with ties to Columbia County. "The Countess," his first play, ran Off-Broadway for two years and was produced in London’s West End. He lives in New York City with his wife, theater director Ludovica Villar-Hauser.
Ticket information is available at www.ghentplayhouse .org or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets -- 1-800-838-3006.