‘Wait Until Dark’ opens January 15 in Quogue

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In a bid to scare away the midwinter blues, the Hampton Theatre Company will present the classic spine-tingling thriller “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott for a three-week run at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue in Quogue starting on January 15.

The Broadway and West End hit of 1966 depicts the battle of wills and wits between the play’s blind heroine, Susy, and a ruthless villain, Harry Roat Jr., and his two henchmen.

The pivotal role of Susy, made famous in the movie version by Audrey Hepburn, will be played in Quogue by Jessica Ellwood, reprising the role that first brought her to the attention of Long Island audiences and critics six years ago when she played it on the North Fork. Ms. Ellwood has appeared frequently with the Hampton Theatre Company in the intervening years, as Maureen Kinkaid in last season’s “The Oldest Living Graduate,” as Jenny in “Everything in the Garden,” as Elaine Wheeler in “Night Watch,” Claire in “Proof” and Nellie in “Summer and Smoke.”

Harry Roat Jr. is played by HTC member Phil Eberhardt, whose previous appearances with the company include Shelley Levine in last season’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” as well as roles in “The Price,” “Night of the Iguana,” “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” and “Absurd Person Singular.”

Edward Kassar and Robert Sean Miller play the two con men, Mike and Carlino. Mr. Kassar has numerous stage and film credits and has appeared with HTC in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Fuddy Meers, “Breaking Legs,” and as Lennie in “Of Mice and Men.” Mr. Miller returns to the HTC stage for the second time with this production, following his debut in “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

Sean Marbury returns after a long hiatus to the Hampton Theatre Company stage as Susy’s photographer husband Sam. Bailey Mockler makes her HTC debut as Gloria, Sam and Susy’s 10-year-old friend and neighbor.

Bob Kaplan, who made his HTC directorial debut with last season’s critically acclaimed production of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” directs. The set is by Peter and Diana Marbury, assisted by James Ewing, with lighting by Sebastian Paczynski and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

“Wait Until Dark” will be presented from January 15 through February 1 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays) and $10 for students under 21. Group discounts are available upon request. For further information or to reserve seats, call the Hampton Theatre Company at 631-653-8955, e-mail hamptontheatre@optonline.net or visit www.hamptontheatre.org.

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