Wait Until Dark
by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
AUDITION DATES: Sunday February 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Monday February 12 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Avenue, New Milford (parking is around the corner from the theatre).
Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott’s 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.
Production Dates - March 28, 29, 30, April 4, 5, 6, 7(mat), 12,13,14(mat)
6 men, 1 woman, 1 teenage girl
SUSAN HENDRIX - (20s/30s) Young, vivacious woman, recently blinded in a car accident a year ago. Possessed of a very strong will, she decided not long after her accident that she would not let it ruin her life. She met Sam a few months after the accident and was drawn to his refusal to see her as handicapped and she married him. She is highly intuitive and a very sensitive person. These traits sometimes give her an air of vulnerability that is a counterpoint to her strong spirit.
SAM HENDRIX - (20s/30s) Susan’s husband - He is intelligent, but not an intellectual. He is a photographer, but not possessed of an artistic temperament. He works hard, does a good job and enjoys his life with Suzy. He loves her very much and wants to see her reach her full potential as a person regardless of her blindness.
ROAT - (30s-50s) Tough guy, physical role, sociopath, con-artist on a quest. Like many sociopaths, he is highly intelligent and manipulates people with ease. He is an excellent con man, although, unlike Mike and Carlino, that’s not Roat’s only game – he’s a versatile and audacious criminal and will do anything for money or a thrill. He enjoys seeing others in pain. He has no conscience. Roat is a master of disguise who is adept at using people’s weaknesses to gain an advantage. He is a supreme narcissist believing other people are far beneath him and he enjoys playing them. He will stop at nothing.
MIKE TALMAN - (30s/40s) Physical role. At one time, Mike was a decent human being, and still has impulses that way. He has natural empathy and compassion, but has chosen the life of a con man. He has natural charm and a good-natured style. He’s easy to talk to and thinks fast on his feet. However, as a result of a double-cross at the hands of his former partner in the con game, he and Carlino were both sent to prison. Mike’s been out of prison for three months now, and in that time, he’s gotten into serious debt with a loan shark. He has to come up with a large sum to keep the loan shark from hurting him.
“Sergeant” CARLINO - (30s/40s) Con man - He is a coarse, uneducated man who isn’t bothered by a conscience. He lives from day to day just trying to survive. He’s not a cruel or sadistic person, but he does what he has to do in order to survive without much moral compunction. He is a fairly good con man, although he’s never the brains behind any scheme – but he has an air of authority and that makes him a natural for impersonating police officers. He’s willing to do pretty much anything if the price is right. He seldom thinks more than one step ahead of the game, and so he very often ends up on the short end of any con. Carlino teamed up with Mike years ago and he has also just been paroled from prison and is broke.
GLORIA - (12-16) Hendrix's upstairs neighbor, helps out when she can. Gloria is at that awkward age between childhood and adolescence. Gloria desperately wants to be seen like a young woman – but she is very much still mired in childhood. She can be very petty and given to tantrums. She likes Suzy because Suzy sometimes takes the role of surrogate mother/big sister to her, offering kind words and advice and giving her responsibilities like doing the grocery shopping for Suzy and Sam.
POLICE OFFICER #1, #2: Two cops come in at the end right after the climax of the play. Both men are serious about their work and very professional. However, they’ve never seen anything like what greets them at 27B Grogan Street.