Guided Tour


Guided Tour. 2006.


95 minutes
3F, 1M

Joe Bell, an African-American Renaissance man, has spent 14 years in jail for burning down the Gilded Age mansion where he once worked as a tour guide. Determined to prove him innocent, Susanna Hatch, a young white law student, visits Joe in a prison psychiatric unit and learns some wrenching lessons about the irrational power of love.

  •  Winner of the 2007 Stanley Drama Award
  •  Winner of the 2007 Arthur W. Stone New Play Award

"A beautifully crafted work"
-Greenville News, South Carolina

"A compelling portrait of a love affair thwarted because of class, snobbery and racial pressures.The writing is lucid with terrific characterization."
-Literary Team at The Bush Theatre, London, U.K. which recommends the play as a "bush pick" on its play publishing website (

"... Exuberant ... splendid ... poetic ... This is a Guided Tour theater fans shouldn't miss."
-The Beat, South Carolina

Production History

  • Playwrights' Forum, Memphis, TN, Production 2009
  • Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston, MA, Staged Reading 2008
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, Production 2008
  • Centre Stage-South Carolina, Greenville, SC, Production 2007
  • HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY, Staged Reading/Contest Finalist 2007
  • Hinton Battle Theatre Lab, New York, NY, Staged Reading/Contest Finalist 2006
  • Reverie Productions, New York, NY, Staged Reading/Contest Finalist 2006

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