The masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward a chilling, breath-stopping final scene. In fact, the movie rated tenth on Bravo's "100 Scariest Movie Moments" for the final climactic scene.
April 20 - 30, 2017
About the Show
"Wait Until Dark" was first performed on Broadway in 1966 where it was a tremendous hit. It featured Lee Remick and Robert Duvall. The film version came out in 1967 featuring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin.
"Wait Until Dark' is one the greatest thrillers of the stage," Director Greg Kolack said. "TWS is presenting this classic on its 50th anniversary. Although it is a half century old, it holds up remarkably well with its power to pull the audience in and literally make them jump out of their seats. It is complex, psychological, unpredictable and brilliantly written from beginning to end."
The play is set in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village in New York City. Blinded in a car accident, Susy Hendrix, played by TWS actor Abby Madden of Brookfield, is first manipulated then terrorized by three con men. They are searching for a lost doll of great value that had been unknowingly slipped to Susy's absent husband.
Susy must muster her resources to outfox her tormentors, turn her disability to advantage and survive. The drama plays on the themes of darkness and light as Susy navigates through her sightless world, and the crooks signal each other with light through the Venetian blinds.
Playwright Frederick Knott Frederick
Major Paull Knott was an English playwright known for his ingeniously complex, crime-related plots. Although he completed only three plays in his career, two have become classics: the London-based stage thriller " Dial M for Murder," which was later filmed in Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, and the chilling 1966 play "Wait Until Dark," which also became a Hollywood film starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin.
Knott, the son of Quaker missionaries, was born in Hankow, China, in 1916. Sent to England for his education, he graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in law in 1938, then served in the Royal Artillery during World War II.
After the war, he was struggling to make a living as a screenwriter when he decided to try his hand at writing a play. He gave himself a year to write one, but it took 18 months and almost bankrupted him. That play turned out to be "Dial M for Murder" which is still performed around the world.
Encouraged by this success, Knott tried his hand outside the suspense genre with the play, "Mr. Fox of Venice," but it did not do well. His gift was weaving sinister suspense stories, and all future theatrical successes fit into that category.
Maurice Evans, who played the lead in "Dial M for Murder" at Westminster Theatre in 1952, described him as “a particularly meticulous writer. The fascinating web of clues, counter clues and red herrings that so intrigued theatre audiences is typical of the way his mind works. Every detail of his plot is placed with deadly accuracy."
Knott died in New York City in 2002.
Cast and Crew
Tim Gannon: Mike Talman
Tom Gess: Policeman 2
Rich Kropp: Sgt. Carlino
Abby Madden: Susy Hendrix
John Mueller: Policeman 1
David Rodriguez: Harry Roat, Jr.
Tom Schutt: Sam Hendrix
Beatrice Tjernstrom: Gloria
Director Greg: Kolack
Asst. Director: George Chlada
Stage Manager: Bill Hammack
ASM Ginny: Richardson
ASM Box Office: Mary Ellen Schutt
Costumes: Patti Roeder
Dramaturg: Marion Reis
Hospitality: Joe Mills
House Managers: Mike Janke
Lights Benton: Bullwinkle
Makeup: Nicole Leatherwood, Sharon Sobotka
Production Coordinator: Janet Gassmann
Program Editor: Brendan Mertens
Props: Tim & Sharon Feeney Deb Angelillo
Publicity: Ginny Richardson
Sandwich Sunday: Kelli Kopp Pat Politano
Set Construction: Jon Baderman
Set Design: Stephanie Bullwinkle
Set Dressers: Cheryle McKay
Set Painting: Kurt Lemke Tina Shelley
Sound: Peggy Solick
Fight Choreographer: Michele Dimaso
Tech Director: Thad Hallstein