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'Wait Until Dark' Opens At Brevard Little Theatre Oct. 25


October 21, 2019

Pictured from left to right are: standing, J.M. Rinchisen, John Adams, Paden James; seated, Matilyn Hull, Carson Riley Fox and Eva Memolo. (Photo by Steve Rose)

Most people are familiar with "Wait Until Dark" as a play or movie as the original 1966 version by Frederick Knott was an immediate hit. Familiar names as Lee Remick and Robert Duvall acted in the Broadway version, Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy toured in their roles, Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin performed in the film version and Katherine Ross and Stacey Keach brought it to television.

In 2013 Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the play, making it shorter, deleted some of the scene changes for a Broadway production, removed some of the "clutter," cut some of the characters and switched it from a 1966 hippy-trippy play to a 1940s film noir onstage.

It's a suspense thriller play for sure, but also deals with some major dichotomies...light vs. dark, male vs. female, good vs. evil. Jonathan Forrester is directing a cast of experienced actors and some newcomers in this version at BLT. Forrester is familiar to locals and has been acting and directing in the area for years. He recently directed "Steel Magnolias" at HCT and "The Lion in Winter" at BLT.

Producing is George Ferencz, who has previously produced three shows at BLT and made his acting debut in "Comedy Tonight."

Matilyn Hull appears as Susan, the blind, but very capable recent car crash victim. This year she has been seen in "Steel Magnolias," "August: Osage County" and "Robin Hood: Quest for Justice" at various theatres. This is her "dream role" and she is very excited to be cast.

Carson Riley Fox plays her husband, Sam, who creates the plot in the first place. From graduating Liberty University in 2018 to working at Disney World, he's back since performing in 2016 in "Seussical" at ACT.

Paden James plays Mike, one of the bad guys who's rootless and alone in the world, and has some bad habits, gambling chief among them. This is Paden's second show at BLT.

J.M. Rinchisen plays Carlino, a small time grifter and has been seen in BLT's "Comedy Tonight," "Play On!," "Just Another Big Dog" and "Deathtrap."

John Adams appears as Roat, a true sociopath. He's great at playing the bad guy as seen in "Just Another Big Dog" and "Deathtrap" but also has a comedic side as displayed in "Comedy Tonight."

Eva Memolo is a junior at West Henderson High School and takes on the role of Gloria, the neighbor who is at that very awkward age between childhood and adolescence. She has participated in several school productions and was also seen in "The Lion in Winter" and "Hairspray Jr."

Audiences will be frightened, feel helpless in the darkness, hear screams and be surprised as the plot thickens in this classic suspense thriller, but eventually the lights will come back on.

"Wait Until Dark" runs for two weekends, Oct. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 and Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. There is also a special performance on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a 5 Flex Pass on opening night only and get in for free and stay after the show for a reception to meet the cast and crew. Tickets are available online at, at the box office one hour before curtain or by calling (828) 884-2587. BLT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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