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Wait Until Dark

November 9, 10,11 2017

Wait Until Dark

by Frederick Knott

A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

First produced on Broadway in 1966, Frederick Knott's thriller is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the young girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves.

Susy 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.

The original 1966 production was a hit on Broadway, running 373 performances and having many successful professional revivals ever since. The success of the play lead to a popular movie adaptation in 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn. This play is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats.

  • Cast
  • Production Team
  • Auditions
  • News
  • Behind the Scenes

Cast of Characters for Wait Until Dark:

Susy Hendrix (the heroine) - Emily Guillemette
Harry Roat (the con artist) - Darrick Bruns
Sergeant Carlino (a grifter, Roat's associate - Rick Gerroll
Mike Talman (a repentant thief, Roat's associate) - J Gravelle
Sam Hendrix (Susy's husband) - Jake Jacquart
Gloria (the girl upstairs) - Allison Slowiak
Policeman - Gary Sheahan
Policeman - Bruce Jacobs

Producer - Bruce Bitter
Director - Lisa Heili
Assistant Director - Justin Knapp
Stage Manager - Cathy DeLain
Assistant Stage Manager - Moriah Evras
Set Design - Phillip Jindra
Master Builder - Jim Schweitzer
Set Decorator - Lisa Heili

Costume Design - Patrick Schamburek
Makeup Design - Margaret Iannitello
Hair Design - Missie Wendorf
Props - Tessa Komorowski
Lighting Design - Derek Frenz
Sound Design - Derek Frenz

Crew members include - Michele Franzen, Gary Sheahan, Bruce Jacobs


Open auditions for Wait Until Dark were held at The Masquers Coach House (616 N. 8th Street Manitowoc, WI) on Monday, September 25th, 2017 from 7pm-9:30pm. Callbacks were be held the following day.

Those who auditioned were asked to bring a one-minute monologue from a pre-existing play, a headshot, a completed audition form and a list of audition conflicts.

The Masquers were pleased with the turn out at these auditions, welcoming familiar faces as well as many new ones! We hope to continue to see many more at our next set of auditions!

The cast of Wait Until Dark has been announced! The production team is excited to be working with our cast of performers. The cast has been announced via Facebook on Friday, September 29th, 2017. You can find the cast announcement video by following The Masquers on Facebook!

The director for Wait Until Dark has been selected! Lisa Heili, who has previously directed The Sound of Music, Shrek: The Musical, and recently The Great Gatsby is taking her fourth turn as director with The Masquers, Inc. We look forward to seeing her vision for this fall thriller unfold!

We will be sharing candid photos and videos as the process unfolds!