Morgan Sills — Judson Theatre Company

Rave review for WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

JTC’s bestselling show ever received a rave review on SandhillsSentinel.com!

 

Judson Theatre makes a winning case with Witness for the Prosecution

The Pilot and BroadwayWorld Raleigh feature WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Read THE PILOT feature here:

https://www.thepilot.com/news/features/crackling-agatha-christie-courtroom-classic-opens-thursday/article_eccbc9b0-0707-11ea-a247-677103066c51.html

 

and read the BroadwayWorld Raleigh interview with Alan Campbell here:

 

https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-Interview-Alan-Campbell-of-Judson-Theatre-Companys-WITNESS-FOR-THE-PROSECUTION-20191118

 

 

The Story of a Poster: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

We’re back for another installment of The Story of a Poster! Once again, we started by looking at several things:

  1. a) what other posters for the show looked like, especially recent productions; as well as jackets of editions of the book through the years.
  2. b) what the original art looked like; and
  3. c) what images from the script would make a strong poster.

In the answer to a): we decided to not do the most common images on other people’s posters: scales of justice, gavels, courtroom imagery of a woman on the witness stand.

 

We also took a look at book jackets (from the short story collection that contains Christie’s original story that she adapted for the stage). It was weird to see images on paperback book covers that have nothing to do with anything that happens in the story or the play!

And the art from the famous Billy Wilder 1957 film was no help—it shows a flashback scene and Tyrone Power in a clinch with Marlene Dietrich.

On, then, to b) what  the original Broadway art, and our first bolt of inspiration: the font! We found something similar, and that’s our nod to the original production. We made it our own by outlining it in blood red (alluding to the murder at the heart of the play), and using a different period font for the words “for the” in the title.

 

And then c): the peering female eyes through the torn page reinforce the “witness” in the title. The fingerprint is another reference back to the play but also gives the poster texture.

 

We went with an eye-catching saturated bright ultramarine as the principal color, and went for sharp contrast with a chartreuse that leans toward green for the secondary color, which makes the blue lettering against it clear and easy to read.

 

Put all these things together and that’s The Story of a Poster.

 

Click here to get your tickets now for Witness for the Prosecution!

OutreachNC feature on “Craft and Christie”

November’s OutreachNC has a fun feature by Eddie Carmichael on three Witness for the Prosecution actors, talking about “Craft and Christie.” CLICK HERE TO READ

 

Joyce Reehling in THE PILOT on “Witness for the Prosecution”

This column by Joyce Reehling in The Pilot on the front page of the Scene section of the October 13 issue has generated a lot of buzz for the show and JTC–read it now at the link below.

Thanks, Joyce!

https://www.thepilot.com/news/features/judson-theater-to-stage-witness-for-the-prosecution/article_99f0856e-e911-11e9-916a-d39e8bee9da7.html

New Meet-The-Cast Videos: Tim Garner & James Cella

We’re happy to have these two returnees in the cast of Witness for the Prosecution: Tim Garner (from JTC’s And Then There Were None and The Sunshine Boys) and James Cella (from JTC’s Twelve Angry Men).

Tim even did a video in front of the theatre where Witness… originally played on Broadway!

James is glad to be back as well:

Tony Award nominee ALAN CAMPBELL headlines WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Alan Campbell

 

Judson Theatre Company (Daniel Haley, Artistic Director and Morgan Sills, Executive Producer) has announced that Tony Award nominee and TV favorite Alan Campbell will headline their November production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. Performances begin Thursday, November 21 and run through Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Owens Auditorium at the newly renovated Bradshaw Performing Arts Center (3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374).

In Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, when a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole, is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife, but his airtight alibi shatters as new clues are revealed. With a delicious mixture of humor and intrigue, Christie’s ingenious plot twists keep the audience guessing until the surprising final curtain.

Agatha Christie adapted Witness for the Prosecution for the stage from one of her short stories. The play was a personal favorite of Agatha Christie’s and is considered her theatrical masterpiece. Running for a year and a half on Broadway in the 1950s, it has been an international success for decades, and is currently enjoying a hit site-specific revival in London.  Witness for the Prosecution is perhaps best known from Billy Wilder’s 1957 film adaptation starring Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, and Charles Laughton. It has been adapted for television multiple times, including the recent 2016 BBC miniseries.

Alan Campbell and Glenn Close in SUNSET BOULEVARD – Broadway.

ALAN CAMPBELL (Sir Wilfrid Robarts) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Joe Gillis in the original Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard. He has also appeared on Broadway as Sam in Mamma Mia! and in Susan Stroman’s Contact.  Television audiences know Alan from his five seasons as Derek on Jake and the Fatman with William Conrad; from co-starring with John Ritter on the Three’s Company sequel series Three’s a Crowd; and from appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Another World, All My Children, The Facts of Life, Throb, and Matlock. TV movies and specials include ContactLive From Lincoln Center (PBS) and Redflag (CBS).

Alan Campbell with Joe Penny and William Conrad in TVs JAKE AND THE FATMAN (CBS 1987-92).

Alan’s feature films include Universal’s A Simple Wish with Martin Short, Mara Wilson, and Kathleen Turner; Weekend Warriors directed by Bert Convy, and the recently completed Uncle Frank with Paul Bettany.  Alan has also appeared in two web series Then We Got Help and the wildly popular Submissions Only.

His Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again, Adrift in Macao, Book of Days (Signature), and Avow. Regional theatre audiences around the country have enjoyed his performances in Rock and Roll Man, The Christians, Alabama Story, Seminar, Race, Death and The Maiden, 12 Angry Men, Doubt, Oleanna, Dracula, Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, Hay Fever (Old Globe), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Johnny Guitar, Bells Are Ringing, Of Thee I Sing, On Shiloh Hill, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I Love My Wife and The Nerd.

Recordings include the original NYC casts of Sunset Boulevard and Adrift in Macao, as well as ABC: A Tribute to Adler, Bock and Coleman and The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alan is a resident of North Carolina and a founding director of Theatre Raleigh. He is the proud father of Riley Rose. www.alancampbell.net

Alan Campbell as E.Z. Taylor on THREE’S A CROWD with (L-R) Robert Mandan, Mary Cadorette, and John Ritter

Other members of the cast include JTC returnees James Cella as Leonard Vole, Tim Garner as Myers, Rick McDermott as Lord Justice Wainwright, and Matthew Tyler as Mayhew. Making their JTC debuts are Lizzie King-Hall as Romaine Vole, Mike Brennan as Inspector Hearne, Lisa Burton as Dr. Wyatt, Maddie Casto as Greta, Traci Loper as the Court Clerk, Ian Watson as Carter. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.

The performance schedule for Witness for the Prosecution is as follows:

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (early curtain, opening night)

Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 pm (matinee)

Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm (matinee, closing performance)

To purchase tickets online now to Witness for the Proseuction or request additional information, please visit https://judsontheatre.com/. Tickets will be available to purchase in person at local outlets beginning Friday, November 1. Discounted Group Rates (10+) are available online, or email: JudsonTheatre@gmail.com; Discount Student and Military Rush tickets available at the door (limit 2 per ID).

“Our audiences have been asking us to bring another Agatha Christie show to the Sandhills since the resounding success of And Then There Were None in 2017,”  states Morgan Sills (Executive Producer).  “Witness for the Prosecution is Christie’s courtroom play, and we’re so lucky to have Tony Award nominee Alan Campbell playing Sir Wilfrid—he’ll be ‘back in court’ again after his five years as Assistant DA Derek Mitchell on TV’s Jake and the Fatman.” says JTC’s Artistic Director, Daniel Haley.

As Moore County’s only professional theatre, Judson Theatre Company has been bringing the stars to the Sandhills since 2012. JTC is the recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award for Excellence In Professional Theatre for their series of unique productions designed to enrich the cultural fabric of Sandhills and the state of North Carolina. Designated the Professional Theatre Company in Residence at Sandhills Community College, previous JTC productions include Love, Loss, and What I Wore starring Sally Struthers, Kim Coles, and Joyce Reehling; The Sunshine Boys starring two-time Emmy winner Robert Wuhl and tv favorite Don Most; Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None starring Alison Arngrim; Twelve Angry Men starring two-time Emmy winner John Wesley Shipp (The Flash); Love Letters starring Hollywood icon Tab Hunter and TV favorite Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company); Driving Miss Daisy starring four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned (The Waltons); and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) and Rex Smith (Solid Gold). For more information, visit https://www.judsontheatre.com.