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Wait Until Dark (Thriller)

By Frederick Knott

Directed by Joel Grillo

September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2016

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.


Assorted Breads with Butter
Apple Waldorf Salad
Stuffed Pork Loin
Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Peas and Onions
Pumpkin Pie

 A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

 “Wait Until Dark is a tense thriller." —NY World-Telegram & Sun

  "Frederick Knott is a master craftsman…" —Women's Wear Daily

  "…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." —NY Post

 Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Actor Bios


Chali Moss (Gloria): Chali is making her official debut with the Arena Dinner Theatre, though she is no stranger to the stage. Most recently she starred as Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story the Musical at the Civic Theatre last November. Chali has been seen as an orphan in the IPFW and FW Youtheatre production of Oliver!, and an Oompa Loompa in the Saint Francis and FW Youtheatre production of Willy Wonka. She also helped write, and starred as Hades in Weisser Park’s 5th grade musical, The Gospel Truth. Chali would like to thank her family, her mom and dad, and her friends Eliza, Kennitha, and Vada who have all supported, encouraged, and inspired her.

 Emily Arata (Susy Hendrix): Emily is thrilled to be returning to the Arena stage. She most recently appeared at First Presbyterian Theatre, playing Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Emily has appeared on Arena’s stage numerous other times, in Frost/Nixon, Company, Laughing Stock, Boeing Boeing, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In her real life, Emily is the Drama teacher at Weisser Park Elementary. She could not be more proud of Joel for his directorial debut and is honored to have been a part of this creepy awesome show.  Thanks to the hilarious cast for being patient with my “blindness” and for making the rehearsal process so much fun. 


Nicholas Just (Mike Talman): Nicholas is humbled and gracious for the opportunity at Arena Dinner Theatre to be back onstage for the first time in 13 years!  Many thanks to Joel for believing that I could be a part of his vision for this production.  Also, many thanks to my wife and family for their steadfast support and love through the entire process, and finally, thank you to the cast and crew for pushing me to do my best.  Hope you enjoy the show!


Travis Grams (Roat): Few remember the days of March 1987; but I do.  For that was the day life was bestowed upon Travis J. Grams.  Once he first stepped onto the stage, he was forever hooked.  He could be found in shows such as: Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Diary of Anne Frank, and at least 3 other shows.  Possibly even 4.   It was safe to say he fell in love and wanted only to perform on stage.  Ironically, after high school, he took an 8-year hiatus from acting.  But, to his extreme delight, he returned to acting in 2014 with, Sisters of Swing at the Civic.  If he looks familiar, then you most likely saw Bat Boy at Arena last summer.  Or it’s just because we live in a small city.  When not on stage, Travis can be found mixing cocktails at Olive Garden, so come in and say things such as, “Hello,” “Did I see you in a show,” or my favorite, “I like your hair.”  His only regret about Wait Until Dark is that Nick Chaney is not in the show with him.

Chip Davis (Sam) is excited to be making his debut at Arena Dinner Theatre.  In the past, he has held roles in productions such as "Midsummer Nights Dream", "Three Sisters", and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".  When not on the stage, he is a youth director at Leo United Methodist Church.  Chip would like to extend his greatest thanks to the cast and crew and all of those attending, especially his friends and family.

Cortney White (Carlino)- "I'm excited about my first production with Arena Dinner Theatre and assisting my buddy Joel Grillo with his directorial debut.  I have a fond respect for him and look forward to helping him bring his show to life.

Paul R. Faulkner (Patrolman 2)  is thrilled to make an appearance in his third show in a row at Arena. He was Gordon in They Came From Mars... and was Captain Brackett in the final show of last season, South Pacific. Earlier last season he won an Arena Award for playing Swifty Lazar inFrost/Nixon. The season prior he was nominated for 'Christopher Wren' in "The Mousetrap." His most recent non- Arena credit was Jesus Christ Superstar at St. Francis. He will next be seen in The Wizard of Oz as Uncle Henry/Head Emerald City Guard for St. Francis. He is head organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Garrett and is part of the extended teaching staff of Fort Wayne Youtheatre.

Nick Stieber (Patrolman 1): This is Nick's second show at Arena Dinner Theatre, previously working behind the scenes as co-stage manager for Bat Boy: The Musical last season. Most recently seen in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at First Presbyterian Theater, Nick has also worked as a contributing playwright for Adam Hamilton's “Short Attention Span Theater!” at IPFW, in addition to playing various character roles in Northrop High School productions under the direction of Tim Miller.


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