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Murder at the Howard Johnson's

Hope Miller plays "Arlene the wife".  Starts May 2, 2014 Directed by Ralph Hewitt.  Photo credit:  The Gallery Theatre

Murder at the Howard Johnson's

Tommy Hurdle plays "Mitchell the lover".  Starts May 2, 2014 Directed by Ralph Hewitt.  Photo credit:  Kristi Groves

Murder at the Howard Johnson's

James Bassford plays "Paul the husband".  Starts May 2, 2014 Directed by Ralph Hewitt.  Photo credit:  The Gallery Theatre



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"Nana's Naughty Knickers" a fantastically funny farce by Katherine DiSavino.  Finished March 2, 2014.


"Murder at the Howard Johnson's" a zany comedy by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick. Starts May 2, 2014.


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Murder at the Howard Johnson's:  May 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm. May 4 at 2:30 pm.  Box office opens 30 minutes before curtain.


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A reception for Gallery Theatre Patron ticket holders was held on the opening night performance of Nana's Naughty Knickers Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6:30-7:00 pm.  Thank you to all of our Patrons!


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Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick

Directed by Ralph Hewitt

Performances: Friday May 2 / Saturday May 3 /Sunday May 4 / Friday May 9 / Saturday May 10, 2014

Curtain Times:  Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm.

Box office 252-332-2976

"A Zany Comedy!"

This American comedy was hailed as “a holiday of laughter” when it premiered on Broadway. Comedy
often comes in threes and this play is chalked full of them. In three hilarious scenes, Murder at
the Howard Johnson’s shows us a love-triangle between a woman, her husband, and her lover.

In the first scene the woman and her lover are plotting to kill her husband. In the second scene, the woman and her husband attempt to “off” the lover, and in the final scene, the husband and the lover
attempt to “86” the wife! In the end, this fast-moving, suspenseful comedy, proves that when it
comes to affairs of the heart, sometimes love can be murder!

The Cast

Hope Miller plays the role of "Arlene Miller the wife" in Murder at the Howard Johnson's. She founded Hope's School of Dance in 2001 which is currently in their 13th season. Hope's School of Dance is located at 226 East Main Street in Ahoskie and classes in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, yoga, “bootylicious” and contemporary. When Hope isn't teaching dance she is spending time with her 15 year old daughter,
Carmen, and their two overweight cats and puppy “Daisy”. Hope also teaches Zumba at Vidant Health and Wellness Center and is an adjunct professor at Chowan University where she teaches Latin dance. Hope was Sally in last season’s Drinking Habits and recently Mrs. Wakowski In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot).

Tommy Hurdle plays the role of "Mitchell Lovell the lover" in Murder at the Howard Johnson's. Tommy is a Hertford County native and graduate of Roanoke-Chowan Community College. He is owner of Tommy & Company Hair Designs and co-owner of Grande Illusions Entertainment Group. Tommy has appeared in many productions at The Gallery Theatre in Ahoskie, NC including Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, A Gallery All-Star Christmas, Little Shop of Horrors, Forever Plaid, A Christmas Carol, I Hate Hamlet, She Loves Me, Sanders Family Christmas, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Once On This Island. Tommy made his directorial debut at the Gallery with Little Shop of Horrors. In addition to his other activities, Tommy is an award winning writer who is currently working on several stage plays and other manuscripts for publication. Tommy wrote and produced his first stage play, A Gallery All-Star Christmas, at the Gallery Theatre in December 2006. Tommy has a background in Southern Gospel music as a 3R1 Recording Artist, and released a national single; Nothing Can Ever Keep a Good Man Down. Tommy has served on the Gallery Board of Directors and as Vice President. Tommy recently played the role of Tony in In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot).

James Bassford plays "Paul Miller the husband" in Murder at the Howard Johnson's. James is a Maryland native who moved to the area in 1998 where he attended and graduated from Ridgecroft School. James is an East Carolina University alumni where he received two undergraduate degrees in Biology and Anthropology. He is currently between his second and third years of medical school while also being enrolled in a masters of healthcare administration program. James' interest in theatre began during his time at ECU where he took several theatre and acting classes. James made his stage debut in the Gallery Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "I Ought to be in Pictures" where he played grizzly Herb. James recently played "Tom O'Grady" in Nana's Naughty Knickers.




Gallery Theatre projects are supported by the N. C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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