Bowie Community TheatreBowie Community Theatre
Entertaining Since 1967

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey. Directed by Estelle Miller.

john ball's in the heat of the night, adapted by matt pelfrey

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Synopsis

Based on the award winning book, Oscar winning film and Emmy winning television series! In Argo, Alabama, 1962, the murder of a White man leads to a Black man's arrest - but the suspect is a homicide detective from California. Detective Tibbs becomes the racially-charged community's only hope in solving a brutal murder - with no witnesses, motives or clues. NYTheatre.com says it's "taut and startlingly resonant... uncompromising... suspenseful, thrilling, and stunningly theatrical".

Cast

Sam Wood
Joe Del Balzo

Joe Del Balzo

Chief Gillespie
James Estepp

James Estepp

Pete
Jeff Mocho

Jeff Mocho

Charles Tatum/Endicott/Al Jennings
Paul Berry

Paul Berry

Mayor Schubert/Klansman
Bill Hahn

Bill Hahn

Harvey Oberst/Purdy/Klansman
Ken Kienas

Ken Kienas

Eric Kaufman/Ralph/Coroner/Klansman
Alex Creamer

Alex Creamer

Virgil Tibbs
Sean James

Sean James

Noreen Purdy
Samantha Yangilmau

Samantha Yangilmau

Melanie Tatum
Terri Trudo

Terri Trudo

Director's Notes

The synopsis of this play tells us that it is based on an award winning book, film and television series. It tells us that it takes place in Argo, Alabama in 1962. It tells us that a white man is murdered and a black man is arrested as a suspect. It further tells us that the black man is a California homicide detective that could not have done the crime. Several suspects are then uncovered - all white.

What the synopsis does not tell us is the way in which the black homicide detective conducts himself throughout the ordeal of his arrest and his subsequent discovery of the real killer.

John Ball’s book, the film and this play show clearly the racially motivated hate that encapsulates this Alabama town and how this black detective from California is constantly confronted with it. It clearly shows how he maintains his dignity and his strength of character even though he is aware of the dangers that confront him at every turn.

The brutal murder - with no witnesses- no motives or clues is suspenseful - the action thrilling.

The relationship that begins to develop between the detective and one of the deputies is subtle but would be a surprise to a 1962 audience. Thank heaven it is no surprise to audiences of 2013.

Performances

Week 1: March 15th and 16th, 2013 at 8 pm, March 17th at 2 pm
Week 2: March 22nd and 23rd at 8 pm, March 24th at 2 pm
Week 3: March 29th and 30th at 8 pm

Ticket Prices

Adults - $17.00
Seniors/Students - $12.00

Group Rates(10 or more people)
Adults - $15.00
Seniors/Students - $10.00

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Contact Us

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301.805.0219

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 604
Bowie, MD 20718

Performances
Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive
Bowie, MD 20715