Guilty Conscience

The Highlands Cashiers Players are bringing the second show of their 2017-2018 season to the stage October 12 through October 22, “Guilty Conscience,” by William Link and Richard L. Levinson.

It’s hard to go into detail about this production without giving away the plot.  Let’s just say it’s filled with twists, intrigue, and surprises.  It’s the story of a brilliant but ruthless defense attorney named Arthur, who is plotting a murder.  He creates an imaginary prosecutor and pits himself against his alter ego in a series of witty, sometimes hostile, exchanges.  Again and again, he becomes frustrated, unable to formulate the ultimate alibi.

The Miami Sun Sentinel says, “The play has a dandy time manipulating us into believing one thing, then switch on the lights and merrily exclaim, ‘Surprise!’  It’s filled with wonderful dialog and satirical jabs at criminal justice.”

The cast is comprised of only four members who were carefully chosen in September. 

“I am thrilled to work with all these talented actors and I know the audience will appreciate their performances,” says director Michael Lanzilotta.  “They’re a very dedicated ensemble and have rehearsed diligently for this play.” 

David Spivey plays Arthur and Lauretta Payne, his wife Louise. Megan McLean plays the gorgeous love interest and Adair Simon, the prosecutor. 

HCP is excited that Jayme McGhan, the Director of the School for Stage and Screen for Western Carolina University’s College for Performing Arts, is creating the renderings and tech drawings for the play.  This is in concert with HCP’s goal of raising the production values of their shows.

“Guilty Conscience” opens at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, Thursday, October 12, and continues for two weekends.  The last performance is scheduled for Sunday, October, 22.  Tickets will go on sale for season subscribers on Thursday, October 5, and for the general public beginning on Saturday, October 7. Tickets may be reserved beginning the week before the opening by calling (828) 526-8084, or visiting