A Thrilling Night of Theatre at SUU with “WAIT UNTIL DARK”; And, Get a Dark Perspective

Published: February 01, 2005 | Author: Tina Stevenson | Read Time: 3 minutes

The College of Performing and Visual Arts of Southern Utah University opens its spring theatre season with the Broadway hit, "Wait Until Dark."

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

The production will be directed by R. Scott Phillips, the Managing Director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Performances run February 10-12 and 16-19 in the SUU Auditorium.

Wait until Dark, written by Frederick Knott, who also wrote the classic Dial M for Murder, first opened on the New York stage in 1966. The plot centers on Sam Henderson and his recently-blinded wife, Susy. Sam is a photographer who, while returning from a trip abroad, meets a woman in the airport who asks him to hold onto a doll for her.

Unfortunately, the doll is packed full of heroin and Mr. Roat, a cunning psychopath, wants it. Roat tracks the doll down to Susy's London flat and enlists two jailbird con men to help him win over Susy and convince her to hand the doll over. The three criminals become more and more desperate in their search for the doll and both the stakes and the suspense grow.

After a successful Broadway run, Wait Until Dark was made into a film in 1967, starring Audrey Hepburn as Susy and Alan Arkin as the menacing Mr Roat. Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her role.

The SUU Theatre Arts & Dance production of Wait Until Dark will play Feb. 10-12 and 16-19 at 7:30 pm in the SUU Auditorium Theatre. For ticket information call (435) 586-7878.

Details of all College of Performing and Visual Arts events are available at 435-865-8800 or on the Internet at www.suu.edu/arts.

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Get a Dark Perspective with "Perspectives" for Wait Until Dark

The Perspectives forum for the production of Wait Until Dark will be held Friday, February 11th, from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm in Auditorium Room 108, immediately preceding that evening’s performance.

The Perspectives series is a presentation and discussion of the social, historical or thematic issues investigated by the play. This series offers educational experiences that examine the multi-faceted relationship between the arts and other academic disciplines.

Speakers will include Carmen Alldredge, Coordinator of Student Disabilities Services at the Student Support Center of Southern Utah University, and Milo Waddoups, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Division of Services for the Blind.

Alldredge will speak about how to work with non-sighted people, and Waddoups will talk about what it's like to be blind in a visual world and how the other senses are heightened. Waddoups will also discuss the idea of "overcompensation," the over-nurturing of blind students, which can be very detrimental to their development.

Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into its current role as a comprehensive, regional university to 6,000 students from across the globe. It serves the southern region of Utah and contiguous counties in surrounding states with undergraduate and graduate programs in six colleges. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, higher learning, regional history, public affairs, major academic specialties, and significant entertainment and recreation. Accentuated by the notable, economic value of its services, SUU's hallmark is its quality staff, faculty and academics.

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