MAINSTAGE THEATER – THE JACKSONIAN BY Beth Henley

December 1 – 3 and 7 – 10, 2017.  7:30 pm; 2:00 pm on Sundays.  All performances at Studio 217; 217 S. Michigan.

It’s December, 1964 in a hotel just outside Jackson, Mississippi.  A tinderbox year, with racism running high, and innocence quickly disappearing.   It’s holiday time – colored lights, Christmas trees… and tonight is the night someone will be killed.

 

When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender, and his now-estranged wife. THE JACKSONIAN brims with suspense and dark humor and unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.

“[A] delectably lurid new play. Ms. Henley isn’t flirting with the clichés of Southern Gothic and pulp fiction. She’s embracing them with such ardor that she squeezes new life out of them. The result is her most entertaining work since she won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for CRIMES OF THE HEART three decades ago.” —NY Times.

Directed by K C Matthews, assisted by Ben Little and featuring Sam Blevins, Cathy Borshuk, Tiemen Godwalt, Brent Graber, and Abi Johnson.

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