John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

by | Read by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, Tom Virtue

Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Based on John Ball’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, In the Heat of the Night pits a visiting black detective from California against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. A fitting reflection of America in the 1960s, this Off-Broadway hit is provocative, timely, and uncomfortably relevant. Please note: This title contains strong and racially charged language.

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John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

Opening with the sounds of a crisp blues guitar and a car on a lonely gravel road, L.A. Theatre Works performs the off-Broadway adaptation of this classic 1960s story. A black California homicide detective is passing through a backwater Alabama town that just happens to have had a murder. The performances deliver all the tension, humor, and grit of the original novel and film. As Virgil Tibbs and Police Chief Bill Gillespie, Ryan Vincent Anderson and James Morrison lead a fine cast whose characters must overcome their own prejudices and differences to solve the crime. The story is as provocative, socially relevant, and edgy as the day it was written. B.P. SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine

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