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Author: John Ball Narrator: a full cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781580819732
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Based on John Ball’s novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, this drama 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.

This is an L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, and Tom Virtue.

This performance was directed by Brian Kite and recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.

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  • “Fast-paced, splendidly performed entertainment. Led by Ryan Vincent Anderson as Tibbs and James Morrison as the police chief, the ensemble, under the direction of Brian Kite, gives Ball’s story an engrossing audio presentation reminiscent of the days when radio drama was in its prime. More than just a satisfying detective story, the production effectively conveys the mood of simmering hostility that existed in smalltown America during the Civil Rights Movement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Opening with the sounds of a crisp blues guitar and a car on a lonely gravel road, LA Theatre Works performs the off-Broadway adaptation of this classic 1960s story…The performances deliver all the tension, humor, and grit of the original novel and film. As Vigil 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.”


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About the Author

John Ball (1911–1988) wrote over thirty novels during his career including mysteries, war novels, and adventure stories, but his reputation as a novelist is based on his first work, In the Heat of the Night, from 1965. While under considerable pressure from his publisher to make a change, he insisted on keeping the leading character in his novel a black man. He wrote other books that featured the hero of In the Heat of the Night, detective Virgil Tibbs, including The Cool Cottontail and Johnny Get Your Gun. Born in Schenectady, New York, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked briefly as a part-time police officer in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Mary Jane Wells (a.k.a. McAllister Lee) is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.