‘Midnight’ is a funny, scary thriller

There’s a familiar face directing Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre’s next production.


Steve Walpert, who retired as Fort Gordon’s entertainment director last year, has brought his creative mind to Peter Colley’s I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, which opens Oct. 6 for three weekends.

“I never intended to totally retire from directing,” said Walpert, whose former job as entertainment director encompassed so much more than just directing theater performances.

Now that he doesn’t have to worry about the business side of running the theater and all other aspects of that job, he can focus on what he likes best about theater – the artistic side of it. And he said he’s excited about the Canadian playwright’s comedic thriller.

This isn’t the first time Walpert has directed one of Colley’s plays. In 2003, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre presented the United States’ premiere of Colley’s play, When the Reaper Calls.

“When we called about getting the rights to this, he remembered that,” said Walpert.

The show takes place in a cabin in a remote wooded area. Jan (played by Karen Brotherton) is recovering from a nervous breakdown and has come to the area to rest and recover. However, Jan and her husband, Greg, (played by Ed Janostak) soon discover they’ve gone to the wrong place for that. They learn that the cabin was the site of a murder and that blood sometimes mysteriously appears on the floor. Matters are further complicated when Greg’s sister (played by Mary Beachum) shows up.

“It’s a funny, scary thriller, and it’s perfect for the October/Halloween time frame,” said Walpert. “People will enjoy the humor. There are several reviews that say people didn’t know whether to laugh or to scream at certain points.”

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight will be Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 19-21. Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by the play at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $53. For reservations, call (706) 793-8552 or visit fortgordon.com.