USP Wraps “Night of January 16th”

Union Street Players (USP) wrapped “Night of January 16th” on Sunday afternoon. The courtroom drama provided a lot of fun for audience members, especially those who had the experience of sitting on stage in the jury box and rendering their verdict each night. While there were jury members who were adamant about the guilt of Karen Andre, the verdict at all four performances was “not guilty.” Nevertheless, the twisted tale of scandal and murder provided cast, crew and audiences alike with lively conversation about the case. Many theories and unanswered questions emerged through the run of the show.

Once again, USP was pleased to mix a host of stage veterans with an exciting group of actors making their debuts on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium including Karl Deakyne, Vicki Hicks, Ashly Kocher, and Mark Schaefer. Cammie Nelson and Denise Gregory, who starred as Defense Attorney Stevens, were fresh from their USP debuts in “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve” this past December.

Attendance for “Night of January 16th” was:
Thu Mar 29: 28
Fri Mar 30: 98
Sat Mar 31: 78
Sun Apr 1: 31
Total: 235

USP now sets sight on this summer’s production of “The Jungle Book.”

Two More Chances to Render Your Verdict on “January 16th”

Lawrence "Guts" Regan (Tom Vander Well) makes a memorable courtroom entrance and his held back by ADA Flint (Doug DeWolf) in USP's "Night of January 16th" closing Sunday afternoon Apr 1.

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.


“Night of January 16th” Opens Thursday!

Cast and Crew of Union Street Players "Night of January 16th"

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, will open our 25th Anniversary season with Ayn Rand’s classic courtroom drama “Night of January 16th” this weekend.

Performances are on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street in Pella.

Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by calling the USP Box Office (641.230.1172).
Tickets $8 in advance for adults; $10 at the door
Tickets $6 for student with valid ID; $8 at the door
$6 balcony seats all shows all times.

“Night of January 16th” Opens this Week!

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Union Street Players opens our 25th Anniversary season this week with Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th.”  The courtroom drama presents a sensational 1936 New York City murder trial. The three act drama provides audience members with plenty of intrigue, suspense, colorful characters and scandalous testimony. The end of the play could be different each night as twelve audience members get to be the jury at each performance. The verdict can be different each night!

Doug DeWolf plays Assistant District Attorney Flint, who is prosecuting the murder case of Karen Andre (Jana DeZwarte). Andre is accused of shooting her former boss and lover and then throwing his body from the balcony of his penthouse apartment. Denise Gregory plays Andre’s defense attorney, who presents a very different explanation of the alleged events.

The People of the State of New York vs. Karen Andre will be tried Thursday, Friday and Saturday night (March 29, 30, and 31) at 7:00 with an additional trial on Sunday (Apr 1) at 2:00 p.m.!

Performances will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking this link or by calling the Union Street Players Box Office at 641-230-1172. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults ($10 at the door) and $6 in advance for students ($8 at the door).

Questions? Call the USP Box Office 641-230-1172 or email us at

Two Ways to See USP’s “Night of January 16th” FREE!

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is offering people two different ways to see the upcoming production of Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th” completely FREE.:

  1. Usher. We are currently looking to fill spots for ushers on Thursday (3/29), Friday (3/30) and Saturday (3/31) nights of the production. As an usher you may be helping sell tickets at the door, taking tickets at the entrance to the auditorium, or helping audience members find their seats. For volunteering their time, ushers get to stay and watch the show free of charge.
  2. Dress Rehearsal Jurors. On Monday (3/26) and Tuesday (3/27), we are looking for volunteers to be part of the jury during our final two dress rehearsals. You would need to be at the auditorium of the Pella Community Center by 7:00 p.m. on the night you choose.

Spots will be filled on first come, first served basis. Email to volunteer. Please specify what you’d like to volunteer for (Usher or Dress Rehearsal Juror) and what date!

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