The Human Race Theatre Company adds a special production to its 2012-2013 Season with Michael Slade’s new play Under a Red Moon. Witness a chilling psychological thriller inspired by the true events of Britain’s notorious 1949 “Acid Bath Murderer.” Confessed serial killer John George Haigh awaits trial in prison as Dr. Ruth Covington arrives to determine his mental state for the court. While he welcomes their one-on-one encounter, Haigh won’t give up his secrets too easily, knowing full well that it’s the hangman’s noose if he is found sane. This world premiere co-production with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center is a tightly-wound cat-and-mouse game to define the meaning of good and evil. Under a Red Moon runs for a limited two-week engagement at The Loft Theatre, October 18 through 27, before transferring to The Carnegie’s Covington, Kentucky venue for an additional nine performances, November 2 through 18.
Playwright Michael Slade was intrigued by the story of the Acid Bath Murderer’s horrific deeds years ago when he was having lunch with a wealthy theatre producer who confided in him that she and a friend nearly became Haigh’s victims when they met him while on a European tour in the 1940s. They met him while staying in a London hotel and it was only through luck that a last minute change of plans kept them from a taking a daytrip with him. Slade continues, “Several weeks later, every newspaper had a picture of Haigh and the caption: ‘Acid Bath Murderer Confesses!’ They learned that he routinely befriended his well-off victims and lured them to the country where he killed them and disposed of the bodies in vats of acid.” Haigh’s “confession” and his insanity plea intrigued Slade. “Can any serial killer be considered truly sane? And how does one prove oneself insane?” he wondered. And in that exploration, Slade had found his play.
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Oct 18 – 27, 2012
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 8pm
Sun: 2pm & 7pm
At The Loft Theatre
[/dropshadowbox]Under a Red Moon’s three-member cast includes returning regional actor Daniel C. Britt (Human Race and Wright State University’s 2010 August: Osage County) as Ralph Gow, and newcomers Bradford Cover (A Thousand Clowns on Broadway) as John George Haigh and Dee Pelletier (Broadway’s August: Osage County) as Dr. Ruth Covington. The production is directed by Margarett Perry (Human Race’s God of Carnage and The Retreat from Moscow) with set design by Scott J. Kimmins, costume design by Ayn Wood, lighting design by John Rensel and sound design by Nathan D. Dean. Aaron Vega is the stage manager.
“We’re very excited to be able to work with The Carnegie Center on Under a Red Moon,” says Human Race Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore. “We share a similar mission and I’ve long admired their willingness to do daring work. We’ve been looking for a show on which we could collaborate for years, and when Michael presented us with this script, all the pieces just fell into place.” The co-production opportunity allows both companies to present this brand new work to their audiences while sharing expenses and combining resources.
Submitted by The Human Race Theatre Company
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