Frederick Knott’s suspense thriller, Wait Until Dark, introduces us to Susy Hendrix, a woman recently blinded and struggling to adapt.
A sinister con man, Roat, and his two accomplices have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment where Susy lives with her husband, Sam. It seems that Sam has been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, unaware that it contains something that people are willing to kill for. While Sam is away, Roat weaves a deadly web of deception around Susy that climaxes in a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse.
Sponsored by Pelham Architects and directed by David Sims, our production features recent North Greenville University graduate, Amanda Cumbo making her Centre Stage debut as Susy Hendrix. Chris White (The Mystery of Irma Vep) portrays Roat, joined by J. Michael Craig (I Am My Own Wife, Moonlight and Magnolias), Bryan Gallagher, Rhydwin Davies and Alexis Krcelic.
An undisputed Broadway hit (and later a successful movie), Wait Until Dark was described by the New York Post as “a first-rate shocker…the suspense drama we’ve long awaited.”
Wait Until Dark, starring Amanda Cumbo and Chris White, runs February 28 - March 15. Special late-night presentations of “The Fear Project” will follow selected performances. See inside for more information about “Fear,” as well as the concurrent gallery exhibit, “Found Objects.”
Amanda Cumbo (Susy Hendrix) is a recent graduate of North Greenville University with a BA in Theatre. This is Amanda's debut performance at Center Stage. Her other credits include Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull, Nora in A Doll's House, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Chris White (Harry Roat) serves as drama coach at J.L. Mann High School where he will direct the world premier of Teenage Johnny Quest in Tokyo April 4-11. Quest is a sci-fi action-adventure he wrote in collaboration with four students. Other credits include our fall production of Oxygen staged at Greenville High School, An Evening with Ives at Furman University, A Doll’s House at The Warehouse Theatre, and The Mystery of Irma Vep and Copenhagen at Centre Stage. This spring, he and Wait Until Dark director David Sims will collaborate again with the one-man show, Thom Pane (Based On Nothing) at The Warehouse.
J. Michael Craig (Mike Talman) marks his 12th production with Wait Until Dark. Most recently seen here as Victor Fleming in last year's Moonlight and Magnolias, his other credits include Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Dr. Kelekian in W;t, Sam Peliczowski in the 40 character, 1 person show Fully Committed and the recent 35 character, 1 person show I Am My Own Wife. Something of a Greenville institution, Craig has also appeared in 14 shows at The Warehouse Theatre including Mitch in Four Beers and Scapino in Scapino; 18 shows at Greenville Little Theatre including John Adams in 1776 and Thurston Wheelis in Greater Tuna. Michael performs regularly with the South Carolina Repertory Company on Hilton Head and the Shuler Theatre in Raton, New Mexico. His video credits include "Unexpected Bill" in Advance America's regional ad campaign and his voiceover credits are too numerous to list. As he is so fond of saying, he dropped out of college, where he was majoring in theater, because he was too busy acting.
Rhydwyn Davies (Carlo) most recently appeared as Shamrayev in The Warehouse Theatre's production of The Seagull. His other credits include the Texas Shakespeare Festival productions of Coriolanus (Sicinius), Pericles (Lysimachus) and School for Husbands (Notary). He performed in the Olney Theatre Center's National Players Tour productions of Dracula (Renfield) and The Taming of the Shrew (Vincentio). Other company credits include The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Company and the Worcester Foothills Theatre.
Bryan Gallagher (Sam Hendrix) returns to Centre Stage to add Wait Until Dark to a resume that includes Jonathan Harker in Dracula at GLT, Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet, and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing with The Distracted Globe. Bryan is also very active in improv playing with both The Distracted Globe Improv Group and Laughing Stock Theatre Improv Group.
Alexis Krcelic (Gloria) is making her Centre Stage South Carolina debut as the mischievous little girl in Wait Until Dark. Although she is new to Centre Stage, she is no stranger to the performing arts. Alexis has studied and performed with the South Carolina Children’s Theatre in Charlotte’s Web and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She has also stared in the Foothills Playhouse production of The Jungle Book. Alexis is a seventh grader at Powdersville Middle School and has appeared on the Rachael Ray Show in New York. She aspires to attend the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities.
David Sims (Director) is making his mainstage directorial debut at Centre Stage with this production. Previously, he directed an “Off Centre” production of “Line” by Israel Horovitz. David teaches drama at Christ Church Episcopal School and is the Editor of Upstate Onstage, an online theater resource for the Upstate. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in directing, and was a proud member of the first Journeyman class at the Warehouse Theatre. David has also been a songwriter and musician with “The Lackies" and as a solo artist, occasionally scoring music for local productions. His other directing creditsinclude Frozen and The Book of Liz at the Warehouse, Side Show at the Northlight Theater in Chicago, and Ubu Roi at Christ Church.