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Press Release - In the Heat of the Night -2-28-15
Posted 02 - 05 - 2015

Photo caption: Ryan Vincent Anderson, as Virgil Tibbs confronts Chief Gillespie, played by James Morrison in an  emotionally charged scene from IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, coming Feb. 28, to the Temple Theater.


LUFKIN, TX. Highly acclaimed L.A. Theatre Works no doubt had the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in mind when it picked In the Heat of the Nightfor its tour this year and the critics are echoing a unanimous ‘Thumbs-Up’. Gerry Camp of The Folsom Telegraph, Folsom CA wrote: “Electrifying”, “As soon as the stage went black, the audience was on its feet in a standing ovation… The ovation was for the brilliant acting.” This powerful performance presented by Angelina Arts Alliance and sponsored by A Friend of the Arts, will take the stage at the Temple Theater on Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm with tickets ranging from $25-$35 (Premium/Box $40). 2014-2015 Season sponsors are First Bank and Trust East Texas and Georgia Pacific.


What made the play brilliant, for me, was its unique staging. Adapted by Matt Pelfrey from the novel by John Ball, the play is presented as if it were a radio play. L.A. Theatre Works is well-known in Los Angeles for staging plays in this style. This means there are no sets, and actors do not interact with each other as they would in a traditional play,” explains Camp. Instead of scenery, multiple projections of images – some still photos, some brief bits of film, some double exposures or abstract images, dance across five screens behind the actors. Credited to Projection Designer Sean Cawelti, these images effectively contribute to the plot developments and the tone of the scenes. Based on John Ball’s 1965 novel, “In the Heat of the Night” follows a murder investigation fraught with racial tension as an African-American homicide detective from Los Angeles, Virgil Tibbs — initially a suspect solely because of his race — assists the police chief in a small Southern town. The role of Virgil Tibbs will be played by the young up and coming actor Ryan Vincent Anderson. The production also stars a great mix of actors with stage, film, and TV credits. Included is LA Theatre Works regular and frequent TV and film star Tom Virtue (Even Stevens, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Charmed, Entourage, Two and a Half Men, Iron Man 3 and many more). James Morrison plays Chief Gillespie- he’s been a regular on 24, Private Practice, Revenge and many others.


With a top notch cast, In the Heat of the Night promises to deliver riveting raw emotion theater goers will not soon forget. For more information and to purchase tickets call our box office at (936) 633-5454, or visit for more details and video clips from the entire 2014-2015 season. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news, photos, videos and ticket giveaways.

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