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 “Wait Until Dark” opens October 16

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From left: Jon Krupp, Amy Hutchins and Michael Serratore in a scene from “Wait Until Dark”

Just in time for Halloween, the Public Theatre will launch its 25th season with a heart-pounding new adaptation of the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark,” playing October 16 through 25.

When a blind woman unexpectedly finds herself alone in her apartment with a sinister group of con-men, she is forced to rely upon her courage and wits to survive. Can she outmaneuver her tormentors by turning her disability to her advantage?

The original play by Frederick Knott inspired the 1967 Hollywood film of the same name. Both the Broadway production and film garnered Tony, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved – including the film’s star, Audrey Hepburn. The film also earned the tenth spot on Bravo’s list of “100 Scariest Movie Moments.” This new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher sets the story back in time to the film noir era of 1944, delivering a few new twists to fans of the movie and original theatrical versions.

“Aside from the sheer fun it creates through suspense, this play is a wonderful statement about finding the strength to overcome insurmountable obstacles, refusing to be a victim, and fighting the monsters that scare you,” says Director Janet Mitchko.

The role of Susy, the blind protagonist, will be played by Amy Hutchins. The villain Roat will be played by Jon Krupp. Carlino will be played by Michael Serratore and Mike will be played by Jason Cadieux. These New York-based actors have appeared in lead roles at multiple professional theatres across the country, as well as in film and on television, aptly including an appearance on “The Soprano’s.” The role of Sam, Susan’s husband, will be played by Jon Peacock. Local Yarmouth High School junior Ella Warner will play the role of young upstairs neighbor Gloria.

This season, the Public Theatre will introduce its new “Wine Down” Thursday performances, featuring free pre-show wine tastings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby, compliments of Marche Kitchen and Wine Bar and Baxter Brewing.

The theater’s “Play Pals” program also returns for a second season, bringing together solo theater-goers when they attend 3 p.m. Saturday matinee performances. Play Pals participants are seated together, making it easy to make new friends, and receive a coupon for a free concession item, encouraging them to meet and mingle during intermission. Membership is free; the only requirement is that participants be solo theater-goers. Members may attend as few or as many plays as they like.

Wait Until Dark plays October 16 through 25, with Thursday and Friday performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Saturday matinee on October 23 at 3 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, call 782-3200 or see thepublictheatre.org.

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