Wait Until Dark



Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 8pm
February 16th thru March 25th

The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Ovation Award Eligible

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

Starring
Jon Emm………………………………………………………Mike Talman
John Richard Petersen………………………………….Sgt. Carlino
Lorin McCraley……………………………………………..Harry Roat, Jr.
Veronique Ory……………………………………………Susy Hendrix
Tim Maloney…………………………………………………Sam Hendrix
Samantha Klein…………………………………………………..Gloria
Peter O’Keefe……………………………………………..Patrolman
Rod Simmons……………………………………………………..Patrolman

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Playwright: Fredrick Knott
Director: Cate Caplin
Production Stage Manager: Kevin Jordan
Set Design: Jennifer Fulmer
Lighting Design: Michael Bergfeld
Costume Design: Shauna Leone
Properties: Rachel Myles
Sound Design: John Bobek
Casting Director: Stephen Snyder, JS Snyder & Assoc
Postcard Design: Jeremy Asher



REVIEWS

“As the blind heroine terrorized by thugs, Veronique Ory will have you convinced that she is really blind. As she maneuvers around her basement apartment, glassy-eyed and arms outstretched, her mounting terror is palpable. Jon Emm, as the “sympathetic thug” offers her a brief respite until she sees through him. But Lorin McCraley, playing multiple roles, veers from the ridiculous to the truly menacing. These two are aided by John Richard Petersen, the phony police sergeant who gives credibility to the plot. At least, Ory believes him.

This is a dark drama, in more ways than one. The darkness in which the heroine lives becomes very real. Especially in the final scene, which is played with no lights. And set designer Jennifer Fulmer has managed to fill the tiny stage with a full array of kitchen furnishings, plus a washing machine, a staircase, a small photography studio, and several doors. How the nine actors manage to maneuver around all this without knocking each other over is yet another testament to the directing skill of Cate Caplin.

“Wait Until Dark” is a worthy production of the Athena Theatre Company; it is gripping and well acted, and highly recommended for a cold, rainy night.” — The Ira Fistell Show, KABC Radio 790 AM Review


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