Characters: 8 male, 2 femaleAcclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation of John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series.It’s 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community’s single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.”A tight and timely thriller!” -Theatermania.com. “It’s eminently stageworthy…a tense and exciting story that follows the book’s basic plot but offers viewers a distinctly new and different In the Heat of the Night” -CurtainUp. “The play is taut and startlingly resonant, even as it deals with events taking place nearly 50 years ago. Pelfrey’s work is economical and uncompromising…suspenseful, thrilling, and stunningly theatrical.” -Nytheatre.com.