Sunday, January 26, 2014

Repertory Philippines proudly announces the start of its 2014 season with its first challenging production entitled WAIT UNTIL DARK --- a thriller written by Frederick Knott.

The play that the New York Post deemed “a first rate shocker,” WAIT UNTIL DARK is a suspense about a blind housewife named Suzy who finds herself terrorized by three strange men. The men search for a doll that has been filled with heroin and little does Suzy know, her husband has mistakenly transported the doll across Amsterdam and into their London apartment. Suzy must rely on her instincts, with the help of a neighbor girl and the cover of darkness to outwit the dangerous strangers and protect her life.

WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway in 1966 with Lee Remick portraying the role of Suzie, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a play. After 374 performances, a film version was released in 1967 which starred Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. Hepburn garnered Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal in the film. The Bravo network ranked the film 10th on its list for 100 top scariest moments.

To be directed by theater veteran Miguel Faustmann, WAIT UNTIL DARK’s masterfully constructed thriller with plenty of intrigue and action promises to move the audiences from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

The cast of WAIT UNTIL DARK consists of several colorful and delightful characters.

Liesl Batucan plays the lead role of Suzy Henderson. Recently blinded in a car accident, Suzy is still adjusting to her blindness. Very likeable, she has an air of innocence, but an inner strength as well. She has a good sense of humor but is not silly. With a strong need for independence, she still relies heavily on her husband Sam. Smart, very trusting of others and a perfectionist, she is small in stature, and physically vulnerable. Sam and Suzy have no children.

Arnel Carrion plays the role of Harry Roat Jr., a very creepy sociopathic con man. (At the show’s initial announcement, veteran actor Jamie Wilson was cast in this role but found himself in harms way when he injured his leg rehearsing the climax of the play). Roat is a 'loose cannon' that reacts suddenly, violently and without conscience. He is the ringleader of this con. He lived through the beatnik era and never emerged. He’s only interested in himself and will do anything to further his lust for drugs and money. We know that he is capable of murder. We should be afraid of him but also be surprised by him. He plays himself and two other characters in this play.

Joel Trinidad shall take on the role of Mike Trenton. A professional con man, he has recently been out of jail. He is charming and seems sincere but with a dark side -- a good liar with a ruthless streak. Mike Trenton is not his real name. It is a name given to him by Roat for the con.

Robbie Guevara shall play the role of Sgt. Croker. A bit of a thug, he thinks he’s a criminal mastermind. Recently out of jail, Croker is Mike Trenton's partner, but he’s not as likeable as Mike. He is older and he is a follower, not a leader. You get the feeling he does not like what he does, but doesn't know how to do anything else. Roat has given him this name for the purposes of this con.

Lorenz Martinez plays the role of Sam Henderson, Suzy’s husband. (Arnel Carrion was set to play this role but was reassigned to take the role of Roat. ) Sam is a friendly, outgoing professional photographer and a former Marine. He is very organized, kindly, trustworthy and almost fatherly toward Suzy. We trust him immensely. He is very good with Gloria, the neighbor and will act as a go between with her and Suzy.

Dani Gana plays the role of Gloria, the upstairs neighbor to Suzy and Sam. Sam has been paying her to help Suzy with chores and shopping. She doesn’t have much experience around adults other than Sam and Suzy. Her father doesn’t live in the house with her mother and her and we get the impression her mother is more interested in men than Gloria. A feisty, independent thinker, she doesn’t like to be told what to do and acts out when she is upset. She really wants Sam to like her and is very strong when put in charge.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, WAIT UNTIL DARK is both exciting and at times, scary with just the right amount of intrigue and excitement for your thrilling experience.

The show runs from January 17 to February 9, 2014.

Sunday January 26, 2014 3:30 PM
Friday January 31, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday February 1, 2014
- 3:30 PM
- 8:00 PM
Sunday February 2, 2014 3:30 PM
Friday February 7, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday February 8, 2014
- 3:30 PM
- 8:00 PM
Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30 PM

All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

The artistic and creative team of WAIT UNTIL DARK is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Director), Toff de Venecia (Assistant Director), Jethro Joaquin (Sound and Music Designer), Miguel Faustmann (Set Designer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).

The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant), Marie Talay (Cashier) and Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Repertory Philippines (Video Production).

To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is now accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships. For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:

By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/

Connect to Repertory Philippines online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines
Twitter: www.twitter.com/repphils
Instagram: www.instagram.com/repphils
YouTube: www.youtube.com/repphils

Repertory Philippines would like to thank its sponsors for their continuing support: Businessworld, Businessworld High Life, WhenInManila.com, Ticketworld, Ayala Center, Broadwayworld.com, Greenbelt, Herword.com, Lane Moving and Storage, ClickTheCity.com, Lally Eleazar’s Lightshapers, Radio Republic and the Raintree Restaurants: Kabila Filipino Bistro, Museum Café Modern Asian Cuisine, Momo Café, and Mr. Jones.

WAIT UNTIL DARK is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

WAIT UNTIL DARK may not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted.

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