Union Street Players production of Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th” has won rave reviews from audience members in the first two performances. Great word of mouth from Thursday night’s performance resulted in ticket sales doubling for Friday night’s performance and the box office phone (641.230.1172) was ringing early on Saturday morning as ticket sales started to rise for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances.
The talented cast of actors aren’t the only ones receiving the audience’s ovation. The period costumes from the 1930s designed by Pati Van Zante along with authentic period hair styles have impressed audience members who instantly feel transported into the 1930’s New York courtroom. The set, designed by Mat Kelly, has equally helped to set the stage for an authentic feeling to the trial. Audience members feel like they are in the gallery of the courtroom themselves. During the first two performances when the court bailiff (Vicki Hicks) says “All rise,” the entire audience stood!
Each night a jury of audience members has rendered their verdict and decided the end of the play. For the sake of time, deliberations must be short, but the juries have engaged in spirited debate prior to the quick decision they must make. Theories on what really happened to Bjorn Faulkner are numerous and continued to be debated on stage, back stage and after the show is over.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see Pella’s award-winning community theatre presenting this exciting courtroom drama! The final performances will be Saturday night March 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. The show is presented on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Tickets may be purchased on-line (click here), by calling the USP Box Office at 641.230.1172, or by purchasing them at the door.