The Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline presents “Three Viewings” by Jeffrey Hatcher, opening on Thursday, September 24. “We decided to visit Jeffrey Hatcher again,” said co-founder Lora Adams. The Black Box opened the theatre four years ago with “Murderers” by Hatcher and recently produced “Turn of the Screw.”

“Looking for pieces that allow us to follow safety protocols for both our actors and audience has taken some thinking and once again, Jeffrey Hatcher has provided the answer,” said Adams. “Like ‘Murderers’ this is a tryptic of monologues and they are both hilarious and touching.

The monologues are set in a Midwestern funeral parlor over a three-day Christmas weekend. Critics said “Hatcher’s three brief, intermissionless playlets have the merits and liabilities of that style of American short-story writing which started with O. Henry and, from the careful set-up to the ironic payoff, has never really ended.” —NY Post. “Nowadays it is rare to encounter a genuine writer in the theater—someone, that is, who thinks about such things as character and structure, someone who has a genuine feel for language. So when such a thing comes along, it’s exciting…THREE VIEWINGS is the genuine article…Hatcher’s voice is one I want to hear again soon.” —NY Daily News.

The play features James Driscoll who just completed “The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play” for the Black Box, Kayla Jo Pulliam and Lora Adams. Directed by Patti Flaherty.

September 24 to October 3. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $13 on Thursdays. Doors open 15 minutes before curtain, temperatures taken at the door, social distancing seating and all patrons must wear a mask.

The Black Box Theatre is located at 1623 5th Avenue, downtown Moline. Tickets are available at theblackboxtheatre.com

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