On Friday, June 29 I was privileged enough to be able to attend “Fade to Black”–a play that summarized the details behind the Jodi Huisentruit case. Performed in Spring Valley, Minnesota, the play’s content was written by Gary Peterson and Josh Benson. Debi Neville of Brave Community Theater adapted the content for stage.
The performance itself, loaded with as much information that could be packed in to roughly 2 hours, captured two aspects of Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance. First, the disappearance. And second, the investigation. Both important components to understand given the limits of the still unsolved case. The play was also centered around various excerpts of Jodi’s personal diary, found by family as her apartment was being cleaned out.
I could write thousands of words to clue you in on more of the case, but it would be worth your time, given your interest of this mystery, to check out www.findjodi.com. And if you’re still intrigued, check out former KAAL-TV news anchor Beth Bednar’s book Dead Air which is
similar to a small case file for the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit. I was able to get a signed copy on June 29th.
What even made the evening more special were some of the special guests who were in attendance. Josh Benson, another former news anchor who has since moved to Florida to enhance his career but has strong ties to supporting findjodi.com returned to share a little information with the public. Also, I had the privilege to meet Jodi’s older sister, Joann. I’ll never forget the conversation I was was able to have with her.
To end another post, I would like to commend Debi Neville’s adaptation of “Fade to Black.” Also Sarah Kohn who portrayed Jodi’s character with a great amount of poise along with the rest of the cast. Acting out actual events is far mroe difficult than just plain fiction.
And abductor, if you’re reading this, you will be found. They’re coming for you!