WAIT UNTIL DARK Opens at Penobscot Theatre Company

WAIT UNTIL DARK Opens at Penobscot Theatre CompanyPenobscot Theatre Company will produce the classic thriller Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott, in a new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, as the second show in its 45th Season. Performances will run October 18 - November 4 at the historic Bangor Opera House.

In this adaptation of the 1966 thriller, a sinister con man and two ex-convicts meet their match when they trace a valuable doll to the apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susan. Through a cleverly constructed deception, they nearly fool Susan, but she unveils the ruse and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Susan knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so she waits until darkness falls to bring the game to a breath-stopping conclusion.

The original Broadway production was directed by Arthur Penn and starred Lee Remick who won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Soon after the Broadway premiere, Warner Brothers released the now-classic 1967 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin.

Tricia Hobbs, Penobscot Theatre Company's Production Manager and Resident Scenic Designer is making her PTC directorial debut with Wait Until Dark. "As a designer and production manager, Tricia is imaginative, collaborative and a supreme problem solver," says Penobscot Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director, Bari Newport. "Tricia at the helm of this technically intricate production makes all the sense in the world. I can think of no one more suited to keep us in suspense!"

Heading the cast in the role of Susan is PTC newcomer Liz Mills, who won rave reviews this past summer in Ten Bucks Theatre Company's production of Macbeth. Joining her are PTC favorites Brad LaBree (Shear Madness, Escanaba in da Moonlight) and Ben Layman (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Misery) and New York City-based actor/director Michael Marotta who directed The Fabulous Lipitones and I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti for Penobscot Theatre Company. Michael has performed at some of the leading theatres around the country including Florida Repertory Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Making his Penobscot Theatre Company acting debut is new PTC Executive Director, John Hedges who moved to Bangor last May from Pennsylvania to co-lead the company. John's long resume as an actor includes ten seasons with the famed Barter Theatre Company in Abingdon, VA.

"Penobscot Theatre Company is an artist-driven organization," says Newport. "It is a boon for the company to have so many multi-talented individuals associated with PTC."

Rounding out the cast is raven-haired, 12 year-old dynamite Gwyneth Ravenscraft. Audiences will recognize Gwyneth from her many Dramatic Academy performances, including her memorable turn in the title role of Ramona in Ramona Quimby (Dramatic Academy, 2017). Gwyneth is a seventh grade student at James F. Doughty School in Bangor. Bangor Savings Bank and Deighan Wealth Advisors are leading show sponsors for Wait Until Dark.

Tickets range in price from $28-$39. Student tickets are $15. Discounts available for groups (8+), military and seniors. There is still time to subscribe! Subscribe now!

Tickets may be purchased online at www.penobscottheatre.org, by phone (207-942-3333) or in person at 131 Main Street, Bangor. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5:00 pm, and up to three hours before performance times when shows are running. See you at the theatre!

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