In The Heat of the Night
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Monteze Freeland
February 2nd – March 11th, 2018
At our Cultural District theatre
“Extremely well-written, well-acted, well-directed. It’s an important piece of theater.”
– Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant
Acclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation of John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series.
It’s 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police learn that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community’s single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.
“Unwavering in confronting the racism and violence that permeates the story.”
– Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A well-meaning and enjoyable 97-minute whodunit.”
– Harry Kloman, City Paper
“The tension created by the townsfolk’s inveterate racism coupled with the intriguing mystery narrative doubles the play’s theatrical clout and emotional impact.”
– David Zuchowski, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe
Next From Pittsburgh Playwrights
King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
On location, outdoors at the August Wilson Home, 1727 Bedford Avenue
April 27th – June 3rd, 2018
Peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store, King Hedley, a man whose self-worth is built on self-delusion, is scraping in the dirt of an urban backyard trying to plant seeds where nothing will grow. Getting, spending, killing and dying in a world where getting is hard and killing is commonplace are threads woven into this 1980’s installment in the author’s renowned cycle of plays about the black experience in America. Drawing on characters established in Seven Guitars, King Hedley II shows the shadows of the past reaching into the present as King seeks retribution for a lie perpetrated by his mother regarding the identity of his father. (Samuel French)
13th Theatre Festival in Black and White
Cheryl El-Walker, Festival Coordinator
May 31st – June 10th 2018
Our signature one-act theatre festival returns for its thirteenth year with another selection of entertaining short plays.
In the Heat of the Night artwork by Brandon Jennings
King Hedley II artwork: Pittsburgh Memory by Romare Bearden, Theatre Communications Group, 2005
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