Hibernian Hall is pleased to announce Guided Tour, opening on May 16 for nine performances. Written by Peter Snoad and directed by Heidi Grumelot, the play will be presented on May 16-18, May 23-25, and May 30 - June 1. Tickets can be purchased at www.hibernianhall.org or at the door. Hibernian Hall is located at 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury's Dudley Square.
Joe Bell has spent 14 years in jail for burning down the Gilded Age mansion in Rhode Island where he once worked as a tour guide. Determined to prove him innocent, Susanna Hatch, a young law student, visits Joe in a prison psychiatric unit and learns some lessons about the irrational power of love.
Joe Bell is played by Vincent Ernest Siders, an actor and director who resides in Dorchester. Siders received the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Actor in 2004 and 2005. He also received the 2004 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor. Susanna Hatch is played by local actress Melissa Jesser, who recently graduated from Emerson College and who most recently appeared onstage in The Seagull at Huntington Theatre. The production also features Elisabeth Rodgers from New York in the role of Lindsay Pettigrew, the mansion's owner, and Luis Negrón, an experienced Boston actor, as Martin Rivera the prison psychiatrist. Guided Tour is directed by Heidi Grumelot, whose directing credits range from punkrock/lovesong at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn to Dido and Aeneas at the Boston Early Music Festival.
Guided Tour is the second of four full-length plays by Peter Snoad to be produced by Hibernian Hall, which has selected him as Visiting Playwright. His Raising David Walker was presented in October 2013. Looking ahead, Identity Crisis will be staged in November 2014, and The Draft in January 2015. Snoad won two national awards for Guided Tour: the Stanley Drama Award and the Arthur W. Stone New Play Award. Raised in London, England, and now a resident of Jamaica Plain, Snoad has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work has been produced throughout the United States and in Canada, Britain, Australia and Singapore.
Where: Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
May 16 - June 1
Friday, May 16, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 18, 3:00pm
Friday, May 23, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 24, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 25, 3:00pm
Friday, May 30, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 31, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 1, 3:00pm
Cost: $25 General admission; $15 Seniors and students