The first production of a chilling new play by an Emmy nominated writer, the first Carnegie performance by two Broadway actors, and the first Cincinnati collaboration with Dayton's premier theatre company all conspire together this fall in the Otto M. Budig Theatre with bloody excellent results.
The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (The Carnegie) proudly continues its 2012-13 Theatre Series with the chilling world premiere of Michael Slade's UNDER A RED MOON. Co-produced with Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC), UNDER A RED MOON is inspired by the true events of Britain's notorious "Acid Bath Murderer." UNDER A RED MOON plays in The Carnegie's Otto M. Budig Theatre November 2 - 18, 2012, under the direction of award-winning off-Broadway and regional theatre director Margarett Perry. Tickets are $17 - $23 and are available online at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5 p.m.).
UNDER A RED MOON is presented by Anonymous and John & Francie Williams.
Witness a chilling psychological thriller inspired by the true events of Britain's notorious 1949 "Acid Bath Murderer." Confessed serial killer John George Haigh awaits trial in prison as Dr. Ruth Covington arrives to determine his mental state for the court. While he welcomes their one-on-one encounter, Haigh won't give up his secrets too easily, knowing full well that it's the hangman's noose if he is found sane.
A hair-raising encounter in the mold of "Silence of the Lambs", UNDER A RED MOON receives its world premiere production at both The Carnegie and Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company.
The Carnegie partners with Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company for the inaugural production of UNDER A RED MOON, marking the first co-production between the two companies and the first time any Greater Cincinnati theatre company has joined forces with the award-winning Dayton organization.
"We're very excited to be able to work with The Carnegie on UNDER A RED MOON," says Human Race Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore. "We share a similar mission and I've long admired their willingness to do daring work. We've been looking for a show on which we could collaborate for years, and when Michael presented us with this script, all the pieces just fell into place." The co-production opportunity allows both companies to present this brand new work to their audiences while sharing expenses and combining resources.
UNDER A RED MOON will play at HRTC October 18 – 27, 2012, and the entire production (including cast, set, lighting design, costumes, props and sound) will transfer to The Carnegie for the local November 2 – 18, 2012 run.
Now in its fifth season as a theatre producer, The Carnegie has forged previous co-productions with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, New Edgecliff Theatre, Northern Kentucky University's Department of Theatre and Dance, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
UNDER A RED MOON is culled from the dynamic mind of Emmy and Writers Guild Award nominee Michael Slade, whose plays and musicals have been produced at leading theatres in New York and across the country. Better known perhaps for his extensive writing for young and family audiences (from which UNDER A RED MOON is a wide departure), Slade has spent much of his career writing for television, including ABC's "One Life to Live" and NBC's "Another World," "Passions" and "Days of Our Lives."
His theatrical characters having been inhabited by actors including Kathleen Turner and Colleen Dewhurst, Slade works for the first time with Broadway veteran actors Bradford Cover* (John George Haigh) and Dee Pelletier* (Dr. Ruth Covington). Cover's stage credits include the Broadway production of A THOUSAND CLOWNS and myriad off-Broadway appearances, and he has also made memorable appearances on television's "The Good Wife," "Law and Order" and "All My Children." Pelletier is herself no stranger to Broadway or sound stages, having played Ivy in the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and appearing in "Girls," "Law and Order" and "Third Watch." Pelletier was also recently seen as Tanja in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's critically acclaimed production of BEHIND THE EYE. Greater Cincinnati actor Daniel C. Britt completes the cast of three making his Carnegie debut in the role of Ralph Gow, having worked locally at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and New Edgecliff Theatre, among others.