MANSFIELD - Tickets to "A Murder in Mansfield," a documentary based on the city's most notorious murder and subsequent trial, have officially sold out for the film's screening on Saturday, June 30.
According to Ryan Shealy, front of house and rentals manager for the Renaissance, that means approximately 1,400 tickets have been sold for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. showing.
"We were really excited about the opportunity to present it because we're trying to get more into showing films, but we had absolutely no idea it would blow up like this," Shealy said. "This is probably the most tickets that we've sold this season."
A second showing of "A Murder in Mansfield" for Sunday, July 1 was added in mid-June due to overwhelming ticket demand. Tickets are still available for Sunday's show.
The Renaissance partnered with Richland Source to host a special hometown screening of "A Murder in Mansfield," which had its first showing in Ohio at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March.
The documentary focuses on the aftermath of the murder of Noreen Boyle and the trial of her husband, Dr. John Boyle, who was convicted of killing his wife after just six hours of deliberation from the jury.
Co-producing and starring in the documentary is Collier Landry - formerly Boyle - who took the stand as a 12-year-old boy in 1990 to testify against his father. Landry told Richland Source he had always envisioned screening the documentary in his hometown at the Renaissance.
"My mother took me to the Renaissance as a kid, and she would volunteer there, too," Landry said. "It was so important to her for me to have an arts education, which has made me who I am. So to have two screenings there and to sell at least one of them out, it's just incredible."
Landry will appear on stage as part of a guided panel discussion after the Saturday and Sunday shows, along with a handful of other key figures in the documentary and the Boyle murder case. Director Barbara Kopple will be part of Saturday's panel. Retired Mansfield police detective Dave Messmore and former News Journal editor Tom Brennan have agreed to participate on both days as well.
Leading Saturday's panel discussion is Jay Allred, president of Richland Source. He noted Mansfield's exceptional interest in the documentary extends beyond the true-crime fascination with the case.
"You only need to look at the reaction online - which has been overwhelmingly supportive of Collier - to understand that Mansfield is once again reaching out to support him," Allred said. "It truly shows the character of our city."
According to the Renaissance, nearly 500 tickets have already been sold for the 3 p.m. showing of "A Murder in Mansfield" on Sunday, July 1. Organizers expect brisk walk-up sales Sunday after Saturday's sellout, and encourage anyone interested in seeing the film to buy seats in advance.
Visit mansfieldtickets.com to purchase tickets.