KNOW Theatre will open its 2023-2024 season with a provocative play that will force audience members to confront their preconceived notions about good and evil.

Coyote on a Fence by Bruce Graham was first produced at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Set in a prison in the American South, it explores the concept of the death penalty and the meaning of evil. The KNOW production, directed by Tim Gleason, will open Sept. 15 for a three-weekend run at KNOW’s theater, 74 Carroll St., in downtown Binghamton.

Illiterate but likable, Bobby Reyburn (Joe Hoffman) is a member of the Aryan nation, a racist predator convicted of a horrific crime. John Brennan (Adam Holley) is educated and arrogant, a serious writer who may only be guilty of doing society a favor. Can one be innocent though proven guilty? This penetrating drama offers no clear verdict.

Also starring in the production are Qiana Watson and Mitch Tiffany.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays Sept. 15-Oct. 1. Tickets at$25 ($20 for seniors, $15 for students) can be purchased at A pay-what-you-can-night will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21; the playwright will be on Zoom after that show.

Season sponsors are IBM and Stephen and Amy Smyk. Pay-what-you-can-nights throughout the season are sponsored by John Starks Jr. and Valerie Spiller. Coming up (all are weekend performances):

  • Nov. 17-26, 20th annual Playwrights Festival
  • Feb. 9-25, 2024; Becky Shaw
  • April 12-28, The Framer
  • June 7-23, Almost, Maine

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— George Basler