After Wait Until Dark opened on Broadway, Warner Bros. snatched it up and turned it into a film starring Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn (earning her an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination). The film ranked 10th on Bravo's 100 Scariest Moments for its climatic scene.
The tension and drama in Wait Until Dark will execute brilliantly on the Players' Ring stage, but this requires a lot of special lighting, props, and of course acting ability. We have the actors. We need help with the rest!
THE STORY: 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.
Royalties - $675...$75/performance which is non-negotiable
Set - $300 (including period appliances)
Props - $225 (there are many specific props to this show such as brass knuckles, sharp looking knife to be designed for safety, period kitchen appliances, specific film photography equipment, metal ashtray with smoke effects to be built, carved knife (with replacement), old fashioned safe, etc.
Period Costumes - $200
Wait Until Dark at the Players' Ring
October 19 – November 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays Oct 21 and Oct 28 at 7pm. Sunday November 4 at 2pm.
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