WCU To Present 1940's Detective Noir
The William Carey University Theatre will present the original 1940’s detective noir “Crimson,” by Amanda Walley, October 11-13 and 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre in Hattiesburg.
The play takes place in 1947 New York. Ex-cop and current private detective Hal (Cameron Moesta of Carriere) comes face to face with his old foe Frank (Kevar Maffett of Olive Branch), the gangster who controls the city. It is at the Crimson Palace Hotel where their past catches up to them. Meanwhile, some innocent and some not so innocent hotel employees get caught in the cross fire. Frank rules with an army of henchmen including his right hand man Bugsy (Zach Lancaster of Picayune), Roy (David Regan of Hattiesburg) and Joe (John Tyler Robinson of Greensburg, La.). Showgirls Ruby (Ashlyn Watts of Picayune), Amber (Catherine Kennedy of Meridian), and Scarlet (Sarah Fox of Poplarville) dance their way through the colliding worlds of Hal and Frank. Hotel employees receptionist Marian (Katie Hardeman of Southaven), bartender Paulie (Billy Burkes of Meridian), and bellhop Dave (Jason Piglia of Picayune) contribute to this stylized crime drama.
Tim Matheny is chair of the theatre and communication department, and Dewey Douglas, technical director and assistant professor of theatre and communication, is the director. The play is entirely student-designed. The scenic designer is Jana Barkley of Picayune, the lighting designer is Billy Burkes, and the makeup and hair designer is Catherine Kennedy. Zach Lancaster is sound designer and Chris Permenter of Oak Grove is costume designer. Bethany Bonin of Biloxi is properties master, Alisha Fishel of Olive Branch is stage manager, Sydney Dedeaux of Pass Christian is light board operator, and Ben Salters of Poplarville is sound board operator.
“‘Crimson’ is an homage to the 1930’s and 40’s detective stories made popular by writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and actors like Humphrey Bogart and William Powell,” Douglas said.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. beginning October 8.