‘Wait Until Dark’ opens May 2 at The Legion Theatre
by Marie Nesmith
Apr 25, 2014 | 589 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In “Wait Until Dark,” Kim Garrett will be making her directorial debut with The Pumphouse Players. Opening May 2, the drama chronicles a blind woman’s fight for survival once a con man and two ex-convicts set their sights on her after learning she is in possession of a doll containing heroin.

“I chose ‘Wait Until Dark’ for the complexity of its characters and the fact that it shows that even a person’s supposed weakness can become their greatest asset when they truly need it most,” Garrett said. “After reading the show and studying Susy’s character, I admired her positive outlook and cheerful personality and her determination to lead a normal life.

“... ‘Wait Until Dark’ is a suspense-filled thriller. In it you see the lengths people will go to for money and also to stay alive. I feel the audience will be able to connect with Susy’s will to live and ability to keep a clear head in the worst of situations.”

To be performed at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, “Wait Until Dark” will be presented May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 3 p.m. Along with Garrett’s daughter, Jen Garrett, who will portray Susy, the play’s cast will consist of Dave Boggess, Bob Whaley, Tony Bowers, Will Brooks, Elena Bern, Tim Whalen and Ashleigh Woodall.

“Susy Hendrix is an intelligent young woman who was blinded in an accident about a year before the play takes place and is still unsure of how to use her other senses,” Jen Garrett said. “By the end of the play, she figures out that she truly can rely on herself.

“The challenge of acting like someone who has completely lost one of her senses was too intriguing to pass up. The range of emotions that she goes through during the play really cemented my interest in the part.”

In addition to portraying Susy, the opportunity to work on a production led by her mother also was another draw for the Cartersville resident.

“I acted in ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’ and ‘Convention,’ both directed by Tony Bowers, that mom assistant directed for, but this is the first time I’ve been in anything she’s directed herself,” Jen Garrett said. “It’s been a very interesting and fun experience. It’s been great watching her handle all the intricacies that come with directing and seeing her create her vision.”

Tickets for “Wait Until Dark” are $14 for general admission, $12 for pre-paid groups of 10 or more people and $10 for Pumphouse Players members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.