PITTSBURGH – Acclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation of John Ball’s award-winning book In the Heat of the Night, which inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, is still as pertinent and poignant as it was when the novel was written in 1965. In the Heat of the Night runs February 2 – March 11, 2018.
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.
Monteze Freeland (named 2017 Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) directs a cast that includes Kevin H. Moore, Tal Kroser, Jenny Malarkey, Arthur Peden, Daniel Pivovar, Adam Seligson, Brett Sullivan Santry, and Jonathan Visser.
Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation and PPTCO’s production promise to aid in the expansion of this classic by telling this story in a way many audiences have never seen, keeping the danger, mystery and suspense at the forefront of the drama, yet also mirroring an era of power and greed that still lingers in the thread of our country.
Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday; with matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. and the last three Saturdays at 2p.m. at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District, downtown.
Tickets are $27.50 in advance, with no ticketing surcharges. Prices at the door are $5 higher than online prices. Monday February 19th is “Pay What You Can Night,” at the door only. Tickets are available for purchase at www.pghplaywrights.org/in-the-heat.