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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT IS CLOSED.

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A gripping, racially charged mystery

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT recounts the classic, highly charged story of an African American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. It’s a torrid night in 1962 Argo, Alabama when a dead white man is found.  The local police, desperately searching for a motive and a suspect, arrest a black man passing through town.  The police soon discover that their suspect is an expert homicide detective from LA and they must confront their personal prejudices as they are forced to work side by side to solve the crime.   The award winning film version starring Sidney Poitier remains emblematic of our country in the 1960s. Fifty years later, Pelfrey’s new adaptation of the novel leaves room for the evolution of these attitudes. But watching the nightly news – how far have we come?

"★★★...'Heat' sprinkles some humor into its racial boil"

- Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...the cast of 10 is first-rate all around...[Buckley] brings his innately patrician bearing and luminous good looks to bear on the role of Tibbs, whose forbearance in the face of a barrage of insults and humiliation registers with the greatest subtlety in his eyes and perfect posture."

- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"...Intense and scary good...The art is pure noir but the reality is more modern and far darker.”

- Michael Amedeo, Newcity Stage

“Fifty years after its publication, John Ball's novel ‘In the Heat of the Night’ retains unfortunate resonance in U.S. society. In Matt Pelfrey's new adaptation, Shattered Globe Theatre closes out its 25th season with a lean, unflinching rendition.”

- Christine Malcolm, Edge Chicago

"TEN RADICALLY REALISTIC PERFORMANCES, IT’S MORE THAN A THEATRICAL PLEASURE TO WATCH THIS MIRACLE IN THE MAKING."

- Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Stage and Cinema

The strength of this production lies with Manny Buckley, who turns in a razor-sharp performance as Virgil Tibbs...He’s funny, tough, and unstinting...Buckley is already turning in a nuanced performance as the famous Mr. Tibbs, one good reason to revisit this classic onstage.

- Lauren Sheeley, Chicago Stage Standard

“MICHAEL STANFILL'S IMAGINATIVE LIGHTING DESIGN FILLS THE INTIMATE SPACE WITH A PALPABLE SENSE OF MYSTERY

- Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“An all around good ol’ play.”

- Tonika Todorova, PerformInk

 

 

 

Cast & Crew

CAST

Manny Buckley' (Virgil Tibbs)

Glenn Fahlstrom (George Endicott/Al Jennings)

Christina Gorman* (Melanie Tatum)

Tim Newell (Eric Kaufman/Charles Tatum)

Steve Peebles* (Mayor Shubert/Ralph/Coroner/Klansman #2)

Brian Scannell^ (Pete/Man in Shadows/Klansman #3)

Drew Schad* (Sam Wood)

Angie Shriner* (Noreen Purdy)

Joseph Wiens*' (Chief Gillespie)

Brad Woodard* (Harvey Oberst/Purdy/Klansmen #1)

 

CREW

John Ball (author)

Matt Pelfrey (playwright)

Louis Contey (director)

Joe Schermoly (scenic designer)

Sarah Jo White* (costume designer)

Michael Stanfill (lighting designer)

Chris Kriz (sound designer)

Vivian Knouse* (props master)

Christina Gorman* (fight choreographer)

Eva Breneman (dialect coach)

Danielle Stack (production manager)

Judy Anderson* (executive production manager)

Alex Hutson (technical director)

Heather Bannon' (stage manager)

Kelsey Melvin* (dramaturg)

Eric Vigo (master electrician)

Milo Bue (assistant scenic designer)

Devonte Washington (assistant stage manager)

 

*denotes Shattered Globe Ensemble Member

^denotes Graduate of the Shattered Globe Protege Program

`denotes member of Actors' Equity

Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets here, or by clicking on a performance below. 

Previews: April 21-23, 2016 | Opening: April 24, 2016 | Closing: June 5, 2016

Thursday-Saturday: 8pm | Sunday: 3pm

Previews: $20 | Regular Run: $33 | Seniors: $27 | Under 30: $20 | Students: $15 | Industry (Thursdays): $15

NOTE: No performance Friday, June 3 due to SGT's Annual Shattered Soiree Fundraiser | Added 3pm matinee Saturday, June 4

All performances are at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont Chicago, IL 60657)