The Bad Seed


The 1954 play by American playwright Maxwell Anderson, adapted from the novel of the same name by American writer William March.

Rhoda Penmark is a “perfect little girl” — loving, lovely, and able to charm her way into getting everything she wants. However, a highly coveted penmanship medal is awarded by her teacher to Claude Daigle, one of Rhoda’s classmates. Claude goes missing and mysteriously drowns during a school outing. Later Rhoda’s mother Christine discovers Claude’s penmanship medal concealed in Rhoda’s room. Christine’s fears that Rhoda was involved in Claude’s death lead her to suspect her daughter’s complicity in other unexplained deaths surrounding the family. Christine learns that she herself is adopted and her real mother was a serial killer. Could her precious perfect daughter Rhoda have inherited this “bad seed”?

“Bad Seed”, one of Andersons most famous plays, ran on Broadway for 334 performances. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Nancy Kelly (appearing as Christine Penmark) won the Tony Award for best actress. It was later adapted for film and was nominated for the Academy Award.

Directed by William Keith Gregory II, the play features Sidney Grove as Rhoda Penmark, Jeff Campbell as Captain Kenneth Penmark,  Jennifer Weiss as Christine Penmark, Karen Burkett as Monica Breedlove, Scott M. Darrah as Emery Wages, Keith Pederson as Leroy, Christine Richardson as Miss Fern, Irv Hansen as Reginald Tasker, Brennah Britt as Mrs. Hortense Daigle, Michael Brown as Mr. Daigle, Brianna Dixon as the Messenger, Jim Russell as Richard Bravo (Christine’s father), and Brandon “Tip” Wilson is heard as the voice of the radio newscaster. The show is co-produced by Christina Richardson and Clayton Pennylegion.

The Bad Seed Cast

The Bad Seed Cast

“Bad Seed” opens on Friday June 2nd and runs for two weekends, thru Sunday June 11th.  Performance times are 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm.

Ticket Prices — General admission $15.00; Veterans & Active Military $10.00;  Seniors (65+), students with I.D. $10.00; Children (age 12 and under) $6.00

The Theatre is located at 398 Blaize Avenue in the Depot District of Bay St. Louis.

For more information call 228-467-9024


Show Dates: June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 -- 2017

Show Times: all nights at 8pm & Sunday matinee at 2pm