Wait Until Dark
by Frederick Knott
September 22 - October 2
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:15 p.m.
Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W. FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores (click for map)
Which frightens you more: the evil you can see coming, or the one you can’t?
The cast of Wait Until Dark, Hill Country Community Theatre’s first production of the 2011-2012 season, is working to bring that question to life as they rehearse for the play’s opening in September.
The cast for the dramatic thriller, which was a smash hit both on Broadway and as a movie, includes Steve Reily as Mick Talman, Preston Kirk as Sgt. Carlino, Mark Fernandes as Harry Roat, Priscilla Castañeda as Susy Hendrix, and Ocean Fillingim as Gloria. Teresa Bishop is serving as stage manager and veteran actor/director Darrell W. Spencer, Ph.D., who recently moved to the Austin area from Nevada, is the show’s director.
A “Hitchcock” style thriller, the play was written by Frederick Knott and opened on Broadway in 1966. In 1967, it was produced as a movie starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Spencer, who has an extensive background in both acting and directing as well as teaching dramatic arts in several liberal arts colleges, says he was attracted to directing Wait Until Dark partly because of the unique challenges presented by the dramatic thriller genre.
“Unlike most drama, where developing the characters is of key importance, in a thriller the situation has to be foregrounded,” he explains. “You have to keep people on the edge of their seats by developing the situation and leading the audience to relate to that situation through the characters.”
Wait Until Dark will open at HCCT, 4003 W. FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores, September 22 and run through October 2 with 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday through Saturday and 2:15 p.m. matinees on Sunday afternoons.