Mobile native William March published this highly acclaimed and award-winning novel of young malevolence in 1954, his last book before his death one month after it hit the shelves. While the book was notable, the stage and two film versions affixed it into the popular culture for generations.

The story focuses on an 8-year-old girl around whom several mysterious deaths begin to revolve. Her mother’s suspicions prompt an investigation that uncovers horrific family details and the classic debate of nature vs. nurture. Though March said he used serial killer Belle Gunness as inspiration for one character, local legend has it the title character was derived from one scion of a prominent Mobile family.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday curtain is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students.

For more info, call 251-471-1534 or go to

The Bad Seed
Where: Joe Jefferson Playhouse (11 S. Carlen St.)
When: March 14-30