25 Oct 2016
WilleyWorld Productions will present Thursday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 30 "Wait Until Dark," a play Willey calls a "thriller-chiller."
The play will be performed at the 807 Building in Ottawa above Jeremiah Joe Coffee.
"When I saw it as a youth, the shocking final scene had me screaming like a little girl,” Willey joked.
“It’s clever and intense and really pays off at the end. It has some great special effects that one doesn't
often get the chance to see in community theater."
Set in Greenwich, N.Y., in 1966, "Wait Until Dark," poses a threat that, unfortunately, transcends time. Drugs.
A murder victim. a man and his blind wife, a neighbor and three unsavory, villainous thugs will make audience members think twice about doing a favor for someone — especially for a dead woman.
In the play, written by Frederick Knott, a kind gesture quickly turns into a lethal situation when a heroin-filled doll, greedy villains and a series of unexpected twists take the stage.
Featured in the cast are local actors, Erica Quirk, William Gillespie, Adam Oldaker, Devon Ford, Tony Epperson, Brian Rehor and, of course, Walt Willey, and son, Chance Willey — something Walt is grateful for since Chance recently has mapped his own future on the big screen, now working on a second film and a third next year.
"My son, Chance, and I get the opportunity again to act together in Wait Until Dark. It may be the last time for a while. Chance's career has taken off and he may not be back for awhile," Walt said.
"Its a roller-coaster of a plot, with one heck of a cast and a big finish, so I think audiences will have a good time," Chance said.
Also featured are locals Wayne Underwood and his nephew, Steven Brockman, who have used their woodworking skills to provide props and set design for the play.
“WAIT UNTIL DARK,” a WilleyWorld Community Productions drama, will be presented in the 807 Building, 807 La Salle St. (second floor) in downtown Ottawa.
PERFORMANCES WILL BEGIN 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 29, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. 815-434-2737.
TO ORDER TICKETS, call 815-434-2737 or visit waltwilleyworld.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door. Advance tickets will cost $20, or $25 at the door.