May 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
May 19 at 2:00 pm
St. Johnsbury School Auditorium
257 Western Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors
The Saint Johnsbury Players are preparing for their spring production, Night of January 16th, which will debut May 10th and run for five performances at the St. Johnsbury School Auditorium. Set in the 1930s, Night of January 16th is a courtroom drama centred around the trial of Karen Andre (Lora Schofield), a dynamic “femme fatale” accused of murdering her lover, Bjorn Faulkner— a wealthy financier of dubious repute. Representing the State is District Attorney Flint (Kate Campbell), a prosecutor who has bet their career on Andre’s guilt. The defence attorney— Stevens (Terry Klein)— is a hard-hitting, hard-living legal assassin who loves impossible cases. Judge Heath (Brian Watson), the world-weary arbiter, struggles to keep order during the sensational trial.
Orbiting the trial are Faulkner’s wife, Nancy Lee (Pam Tidyman), and her father John Whitfield (Jan Clausing). The Whitfields are old-money American royalty, and they possess a shrewdness and cunning that they prefer to mask behind patrician poise and sophistication— for reasons beyond just social convention.
Rounding out the cast are Karl Jungquist (Elizabeth Bergman), Faulkner’s (seemingly) loyal accountant; John Hutchins (Zachary Wright), the night watchman who discovered Faulkner’s mangled corpse; Magda Svenson (Ursula Malabre-Speicher), Faulkner’s pious childhood governess-cum-housekeeper; and Larry “Guts” Regan (Mike Plough), a mobster whose hopeless infatuation with Karen Andre might have motivated him to do the unthinkable.
12 members of the audience are selected each night to act as the jury and render a verdict on Karen Andre at the close of the play, and there is no bias either way in the writing, so the audience’s decision is based entirely on the attitudes and mannerisms of the actors, which adds another layer of tension to the action.