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Putnam Playhouse To Present ‘The Bad Seed’ Starting Thursday, July 9

Sonora Erwin as Rhoda is confronted by her mother Bethany Bax as Christine in “The Bad Seed.” (Courtesy Photo) Sonora Erwin as Rhoda is confronted by her mother Bethany Bax as Christine in “The Bad Seed.” (Courtesy Photo) The 54th season of Putnam County Playhouse continues with a production of the thriller “The Bad Seed.” It will be presented July 9-11 and July 15-18. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by calling the box office at 765-653-5880 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, beginning July 6.

The Tony-Award-winning play by Maxwell Anderson was first presented on Broadway in 1954 and was filmed in 1956.

It is being sponsored by Rossok & Co. – Pekin Insurance.

“The Bad Seed” is directed by Jack Randall Earles. Assistant director is Sandi Rossok. Lighting is by Dustin Bond and set design is by Linda Gjesvold. The technical crew includes Cecily Girton running the sound board and Cameron Wunderlich operating the light board.

Bethany Bax stars as Christine Penmark, a mother who makes a shocking discovery about her own life and how it affects her daughter Rhoda, played by Sonora Erwin. Christine begins to realize just who is responsible for a child’s death as secrets about her own past are revealed to her.

The helpful – at times – neighbors Monica and her brother Emory are played by Ashley Anne Vitz and Clarence Long. Mr. and Mrs. Daigle, a pair of grieving parents are Allison Creekmore and Bob Jefferson.

The cast also includes Larry Sutton as writer Reggie Tasker and Alan Zerkel as Richard Bravo, Christine’s father. Kathryn Dory plays the owner of the local private school, and Dustin Boothby is Leroy the handyman. TJ Tincher is Kenneth Penmark, Christine’s husband and is also production stage manager. Brandon Wunderlich is the messenger and assistant stage manager.

The season continues in August with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.”

For more information about the Putnam County Playhouse, visit www.putnamcountyplayhouse.com.

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