Based on the novel by John Ball
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Joe Tantalo


Godlight Theatre Company presents their critically-acclaimed production of In the Heat of the Night, adapted from the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and Emmy-winning television series.


It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.


“The play is taut and startlingly resonant... The direction, by indie theatre wizard Joe Tantalo, is spare and jolting and brilliant...suspenseful, thrilling, and stunningly theatrical....”


- NYTheatre


 “In the Heat of the Night is a clever whodunit...some terrific twists...”


The Huffington Post


Theatre Critic Linda Buchwald will moderate a post-show discussion with Director Joe Tantalo, his cast, and special guest Dr. Stanley A. Bazile

Linda Buchwald is a theater and television journalist based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre Magazine, Playbill, Time Out New York, TDF Stages,,, and more. She also is a Drama Desk nominator.

Dr. Stanley A. Bazile is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Kingsborough Community College. Throughout his career, he has taught Sociology and Psychology from the undergraduate through the doctoral level, and has taught and written extensively about issues and experiences related to multicultural students.   Mr. Bazile received his PhD in Educational Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University, was a Doctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, and received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University.