Wait Until Dark

Susy Hendrix is a blind Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con-men searching for the heroin hidden in a doll, which her husband Sam innocently transported from Canada as a favor to a woman who has since been murdered. “Roat” leads his companions into thinking that they are going to be rich and will get the heroin soon enough, but in the end he murders all of his partners after they outlive their usefulness.

The trio try to convince Susy that her husband will be suspected of murdering the woman, and the only way to protect him is to give them the doll, which connects him to her. Little do the men know that Gloria, a little girl in the upstairs apartment, has stolen the doll after finding out it was not a gift for her.

One of the men poses as Sergeant Carlino, a strange police detective, while another poses as Mike, an old friend of her husband dropping by for a visit. Susy relies on “Mike”, and he eventually begins to feel sympathy for her.

“Roat” poses as both the elderly Mr. Roat and his “son”, Roat Junior. Roat Senior ransacks Susy’s room and steals a wedding photo from the bedroom. He threatens Susy and her husband’s well being, so she calls the police. Her call is intercepted by “Mike”, and Susy is visited by “Sergeant Carlino”.

Gloria returns and admits her theft of the doll, and Susy hides it. Susy contacts “Mike” to ask for help now that the doll is found. Gloria has been watching the nearby phone booth used by the con-men, and she alerts Susy that all four of the men she has been dealing with are tricking her. Susy sends Gloria to meet her husband on his way home from work, and begins planning to handle the intruders.

Roat kills both of his partners after the men discover Susy has the doll in the apartment. He spills gas around the apartment to destroy any evidence.

Susy turns off all the lights so that “Roat” cannot see her. “Roat” uses matches to see until Susy douses him with the gasoline. He uses the refrigerator light to see, threatens Susy, and tries to kill her. She ultimately defeats “Roat”.

Sam bursts in with the police and finds that Susy has already dealt with Roat. He sees that Mike is also dead. Gloria yells at the police when they appear too patronizing to Susy, and defends Susy’s ability to take care of herself. After the police leave, Susy and Sam embrace.

Cast/Characters

Mike Talman – William R. Lund

Sgt. Carlino – Matt Klett

Harry Roat – Glenn Schultz

Susy Hendrix – Cheryl Driscoll

Sam Hendrix – Steve Flook

Gloria – Taylor Nye

Policemen – Peter Moody, Wayne W. Plath

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Stage Manager: Karen Held

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Nancy Klein, Joyce Nery, Bev Dulmes

Light Design: Rick Klein

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Audrey Waitkus

Make-Up Design: Bobbi Schad

Paint Master: Colleen Bertram