Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Avon Players’ ‘Wait Until Dark’

Heroine overcomes obstacles to fight a villainous trio   

Audiences will delight to the mounting suspense of a classic thriller as Avon Players presents Wait Until Dark running March 8-23, 2019.

Marie Burchi as Susy and Steve Grady as Roat.

Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford.

Susy Hendrix (Marie Burchi) is a recently blinded Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con artists searching for doll which hides a valuable cache of drugs. Susy’s husband, Sam (Nicholas Frederick), unwittingly transported the doll from Canada as a favor to a woman who has since been murdered. The con men are led by a brutal career criminal who calls himself “Roat” (Steve Grady). Roat engages two small time thugs to pose, respectively, as police detective “Sergeant Carlino” (Kyle Kiesler) and “Mike” (Chris Polhill), an alleged friend of Susy’s husband from out of town. Susy must use her wits to save herself and her husband from these murderous criminals with the help of her young neighbor, Gloria (Sienna Berkseth).

Written by playwright Frederick Knott (also known for Dial M for Murder, presented by Avon Players last season), Wait Until Dark premiered on Broadway in 1966 and starred Lee Remick as Susy and Robert Duvall as Roat. In 1967, the indelible film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as Susy and Alan Arkin as Roat was released. The film appears on the AFI’s “100 Years…100 Thrills” list and its climax is ranked tenth on Bravo’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments.” A 1998 Broadway revival starred Marissa Tomei as Susy and Quentin Tarantino as Roat.

Tickets for all shows are $18. Call 248.608.9077 for tickets or order online at www.AvonPlayers.org.  Group rates are available by calling the box office. “Like” Avon Players Theatre on Facebook for special offers on tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All seats are reserved. Show dates and times are as follows:

Friday, March 8             8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9         8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10         2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15           8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 16       8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17         2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 22           8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23       8:00 p.m

Founded in 1947, Avon Players is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre located along the winding banks of Stoney Creek in the quaint Historic District of Rochester Hills, only about two miles from the heart of downtown Rochester. Avon Players has been performing shows in its unique A-frame theater since 1965. With ticket prices set at a fraction of those at professional theatre (plus free parking and concessions on a donation basis) a family of four can experience a sensational live theatrical event for about the cost of one ticket at a “downtown” venue. And for regular theatre-goers, an affordable outing can be an even better bargain by taking advantage of Avon Players’ season ticket packages, which yield discounts of up to 21% per ticket. Additionally, season ticket holders enjoy priority seating selection and voting privileges in Avon’s annual “Stoney Awards.” Information regarding tickets and productions is available by calling the Avon Players box office at 248.608.9077 or by visiting the website: www.AvonPlayers.org.

Cast and Production Staff by Community:


Marie Burchi (“Susy”)


David Reynolds (Director)

Ray Township

Anne Curtis (Costume Design)


Mariana Gabriel (Make-up Design)

Kathy Kade (Properties Design)

Mark Misch (Set Dress)

Rochester Hills

Sienna Berkseth (“Gloria”)

Nicholas Frederick (“Sam”)

Brad Holoday (Set Design)

Louise Holoday (Hair Design)

David Piaskowski (Lighting Design)

Shelby Township

Steve Grady (“Roat”)

Mark Palmer (Producer, Sound Design)

Sterling Heights

Kyle Kiesler (“Carlino”)


Chris Polhill (“Mike”)

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