Morning News-Lisa Lete
Blackfoot Community Players first time director Rob Cox and his daughter, artist and cast member Katie Cox, color a mock "Great Seal of the State of New York" for their upcoming play "Night of January 16th." The interactive play includes members of the audience to act as jurors in the courtroom drama which opens, appropriately on Jan. 16, at the newly remodeled Nuart Theatre in Blackfoot.
Anyone who attends the Blackfoot Community Players' (BCP) latest play "Night of January 16th," just might find themselves on stage acting as a juror in the murder mystery which opens appropriately on Jan. 16 at the Nuart Theatre (195 N. Broadway) in Blackfoot.
First time director Rob Cox is excited to present the courtroom drama based on the book by Ayn Rand. Cox, a Blackfoot resident of 15 years, has served on the BCP 'board of directors' for three years and has acted in several of their productions.
Cox, who grew up in the Preston area, said, "I did this play in high school and had a lot of fun with it. She [Ayn Rand] is really an interesting author. She really pushes and digs into the minds and hearts of her readers."
The play, set in a New York courtroom, casts 16 locals including real life Blackfoot attorneys Lauren Murdoch and Randy Smith as the lawyers as mistress Karen Andre (played by Hanna Helkins of Blackfoot) is on trial for the murder of financial mastermind Bjorn Faulkner. Cox's daughter, Katie, an art major at BYU-Idaho who designed most of the stage scenery, is also acting in the play as the widow Nancy Lee Faulkner.
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