PHOTO CALL: Classic Thriller Wait Until Dark, Starring Alison Pill, Plays the Geffen Playhouse
15 Oct 2013
Tony Award nominee Alison Pill stars in the new world-premiere stage adaptation of the classic 1966 Frederick Knott thriller Wait Until Dark, which began performances Oct. 8 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Matt Shakman stages the production that will officially open Oct. 16 for a run through Nov. 17 in the Gil Cates Theater. Hatcher has reset the tale in the 1940s. The original, which starred Lee Remick on stage (and Audrey Hepburn in the classic film), was set in the mid 1960s. The play was last revived on Broadway in 1998 starring Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino.
According to the Geffen, "The adaptation moves the play back to a time when guns were rare and the threat of violence was lurking locally and globally. World War II (1944) was a time when most men were away at war except for the draft dodgers, the wounded, and those not fit to serve. These are the men who set out to exploit a blind woman’s vulnerability."
Pill ("Newsroom," The House of Blue Leaves, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) plays Susan Hendrix in a cast that also includes Brighid Fleming as Gloria, Rod McLachlan as Carlino, Matt McTighe as Sam, Adam Stein as Roat and Mather Zickel as Mike.
Here's how it's billed: "A ground-breaking thriller, Wait Until Dark follows a blind Greenwich Village woman who finds herself in the middle of a con. And a murder. Who is in on it? Desperate and depraved thieves believe Susan is in possession of their big score and set in motion a manipulative psychological war on her vulnerable state. That is, until Susan plunges herself and the audience into the dark in which she exists using it to her advantage."
The production has set design by Craig Siebels, costume design by E.B. Brooks, lighting design by Elizabeth Harper, music and sound design by Jonathan Snipes, fight direction by Ned Mochel and Amy Levinson as dialect coach.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.