“John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” Comes to Sand Lake Center for the Arts [Berkshire on Stage]

October 5th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara

Chief Gillespie needs the help of travelling Detective Virgil Tibbs to solve a murder that has brought the town of Argo, Alabama to a boiling point. (l-r: Chris Foster as Chief Gillespie and Aileem Penn as Mister Tibbs). Photo by Adam Wilson-Hwang.

At 8pm on Friday (October 6), the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park will present the regional premiere of John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night, adapted by Matt Pelfrey from John Ball’s novel, as the opening production in the Circle Theatre Players 2017-18 subscription season. The play will run for two weekends until Sunday, October 15 and is directed by Patrick White in his SLCA debut. Tickets are $18; youth under age 18 $10.

John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night is adapted from the classic crime novel of 1965 which won Schenectady native John Ball an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. Ball was also awarded a slice of immortality with this novel, which introduced the character of Virgil Tibbs (Aileem Penn), a black California police detective passing through the small town during the time of intense bigotry and the civil rights movement. He is the most hated man on sight by the color of his skin but proves himself indispensable to the investigation of a murder and reveals himself to be the town’s salvation.

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