Frozen Heat

Bowie Community Theatre Takes “In the Heat of the Night” Mar. 15-30

By Annamarya Scaccia

California homicide detective Virgil Tibbs was just passing through Wells, a small South Carolina town, when he was taken into custody.

Tibbs was waiting for a connecting train when local police officer Sam Woods happened upon him. Woods arrests him and questions him about a murder—all because of the color of Tibbs’s skin.

Thus sets the tone for In the Heat of the Night. Racially-charged and intellectually tense, John Ball’s 1967 novel examines the juxtaposition of racism in the South and the civil rights movements through the teeth of a feverish mystery. And from March 15-30, Bowie Community Theatre will take on the seminal work when the collective puts In the Heat of the Night to stage.

The play will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive in Bowie. Performances are schedule for 8 p.m. on March 16, March 22, March 23, March 29 and March 30, and for 2 p.m. on March 17 and March 24.

Bowie Community Theatre’s rendition of In the Heat of the Night was adapted by Matt Pelfrey, directed by Estelle Miller, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Actor Sean James will take on the role of Tibbs, with actor Joe Del Balzo in the role of Wood.

For more information, visit http://www.bctheatre.com/heatofnight.html.

In the Heat of the Night

Mar. 15-16, Mar. 22-23, March 29-30 at 8 p.m.

Mar. 17 & Mar. 24 at 2 p.m.

Opening Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$17

Bowie Playhouse

16500 White Marsh Park Drive

Bowie, MD 20715

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, March 4, 2013

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