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EL PASO PLAYHOUSE 2018-2019 TH 55 SEASON MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 Always A Bridesmaid by John Bishop Directed by Sammantha Franco August 3-19, 2018 Auditions: June 10-11, 2018

by Jones Hope Wooten Directed by Eurydice Saucedo February 8-24, 2019 Auditions: December 9-10, 2018

Stand and Deliver by Robert Bella Directed by Eurydice Saucedo September 7-23, 2018 Auditions: July 15-16, 2018

Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher Directed by Veronica Frescas March 22 - April 7, 2019 Auditions: January 20-21, 2019

Jekyll & Hyde by Jeffrey Hatcher Directed by Veronica Frescas October 19 - November 3, 2018 Auditions: August 12-13, 2018 Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Directed by Frieda Voeks November 30 - December 16, 2018 Auditions: Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2018 And The Winner Is by Mitch Albom Directed by Frieda Voeks January 18-27, 2019 Auditions: December 2-3, 2018

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie Directed by Christine Ambriz May 3-19, 2019 Auditions: March 3-4, 2019 The Graduate by Terry Johnson Directed by Veronica Frescas June 14-30, 2019 Auditions: April 15-16, 2019


THE EL PASO PLAYHOUSE ORGANIZATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The El Paso Playhouse is governed by a working Board of Directors comprised of an executive committee of officers and board members.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VERONICA FRESCAS Vice-President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MINDEN DICKSON Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CHRISTINE AMBRIZ Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRIEDA VOEKS SAMMANTHA FRANCO DEE WOO ADVISORY MEMBERS TED VOEKS DANIEL HOLGUIN TECHNICAL DIRECTOR CHRISTINE AMBRIZ

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The theater has gone through several incarnations as well as several locations. It is the longest running community theater in El Paso with 52 years to date. The original financing for the procurement of the property and building at 2501 Montana was accomplished through the generosity of Mr. William Kastrin who along with his two daughters, Veronica Kastrin and Linda Abraham and Mr. Ken Letner of San Francisco, first conceived the idea of the Festival Theatre, the El Paso Playhouse’s original name at this location. In the 48 years of the Playhouse’s existence, it has seen many changes - from paint colors, to genre of plays performed on stage, to the numerous actors and patrons who have passed through its doors. Through it all, we have remained strong and everlasting.

“I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Oscar Wilde


WAIT UNTIL DARK

BY FREDERICK KNOTT ADAPTED BY JEFFREY HATCHER Directed by VERONICA FRESCAS Assistant Director/consultant KRISTIN MILLER

Stage manager eurydice saucedo

Set design/master carpenter christine ambriz

set construction christine ambriz tracy levin daniel holguin dion ronquillo sammantha franco

set painting christine ambriz tracy levin daniel holguin

set dressing christine ambriz

props christine ambriz eurydice saucedo tiffani bradbury Victor Hernandez

light/sound operator veronica frescas

sound design veronica frescas dee woo

light design veronica frescas

costumes valerie cadena-gemoets

stage crew eurydice saucedo

publicity veronica frescas

photography eurydice saucedo

combat choreography thomas gandrup

OPENING NIGHT REFRESHMENTS JOSE LUIS FRESCAS

Special thanks to: Jeffrey Hatcher, Juan Carlos Navarrete/KVIA ABC-7, Dee Woo/KTEP, El Paso Scene,El Paso Herald Post, Regency Printing, Dom Tagano/EPCC, Jose Luis Frescas, Victor Hernandez, Valerie Cadena-Gemoets, Jaime Barba, Lori Gonzalez, Haley Gonzalez, Tracy Levin, Daniel Holguin, Christine Ambriz, Thomas Gandrup, Sammantha Franco, Tiffani Bradbury. .


WAIT UNTIL DARK PLACE A basement apartment of an old brownstone in Greenwich Village. TIME October 1944 ACT ONE Scene 1: Friday evening Scene 2: Saturday aftermoon 15 minute intermission ACT TWO About an hour later CAST OF CHARACTERS

Susan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TIFFANI BRADBURY Mike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KEVIN KELLOG Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DANIEL HOLGUIN Carlino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANIEL HOLGUIN Roat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THOMAS GANDRUP Gloria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TONI MARIE GONZALEZ PLEASE BE ADVISED. THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS: THEATRICAL SMOKE MOMENTS OF DARKNESSS AND VIOLENCE ADULT LANGUAGE


Who’s Who in the Cast TIFFANI BRADBURY (Susan) This is Tiffani Bradbury’s second play at the El Paso Playhouse. She is honored to portray Susan Hendrix. Her previous performance at the Playhouse was as “Elizabeth Ann Jelkes” in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She is grateful for the opportunity to play Susan and for the support she has received from fellow cast members, friends, and family. kevin kellog (Mike) his passion for acting sparked after his sophomore year of high school. He’s captivated by the opportunity to be anything you want, explore and understand different personalities, and dive deep into their motivations. Wait Until Dark is his debut at the EPPH. Kevin is thankful to be a part of the cast. His dreams are to be an actor, script writer and do film work in a hope to create deep and interesting stories. daniel holguin (Carlina and Sam) is a sophomore at UTEP studying Engineering Leadership. He found his love for the El Paso Playhouse at the beginning of this season and is really happy to have worked throughout the season with such great groups of creative minds. He is excited to be able to portray these characters with yet again, such a talented cast. Enjoy the show, “ya see” Thomas Gandrup (Roat) was most recently seen as “Theseus” in Shakespeare on the Rocks production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tom has worked with the play house as a fight choreographer, as well as a theater teacher in the El Paso Independent School District and Socorro Independent School District for 19 years. Favorite roles include Hamlet and Iago. He believes in the power and importance of the arts in everyone’s life. toni marie gonzalez (Gloria) This is Toni’s second appearanceon stage at the Playhouse. She’s also performed with Kids N Co and Viva! El Paso. Her acting experience have given her opportunities to be in a short film, commercials and a music video. She is an honor student at Montwood Middle School and participates in Robotics, Broadcast, U.I.L., D.I. Orchestra, Stucco and is a Girl Scout. In her spare time she sings and creates her own videos and songs. Kristin Miller Assistant Director/Consultant Originally from North Carolina Kristin found her home here in El Paso 5 years ago. She loves reading, the outdoors, good conversation and her service dog Eva. Kristin is active in disability advocacy in our city with a previous position on the Accessibility Advisory Committee, and has had a helping hand in making public transit and navigating El Paso more accessible for all people with Disabilities.


DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE It’s always challenging to breathe life to a playwright’s written word, it’s an even bigger challenge when the play goes on to become a popular movie such as “Wait Until Dark.” Written by Frederick Knott who also penned “Dial M for Murder” it was first performed on Broadway in 1966 with Lee Remick as Susy, then later released as a movie in 1967 with an Academy Award nominated performance by Audrey Hepburn. Jeffrey Hatcher (who also wrote “Tuesdays with Morrie), with the blessing of Knott’s daughter adapted the version presented here for the first time at the Playhouse. Having also recently directed Hatcher’s adapation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” I had a good idea what to expect from Hatcher. But to create a production such as this one took a lot of hard work and dedication by others. I’m grateful to friends and colleagues who assisted. I truly could not have done it without any of them. Beginning first with the playwright himself, it was a wonderful experience having exchanged ideas with Mr. Hatcher. Next, I knew immediately that for the story and the character to be the independent and capable character Hatcher envisioned for Susan, we would have to break the stereotypes about those who are visually impaired; that’s where we were fortunate to have Kristin Miller’s assistance as our consultant. Kristin brought an insight (no pun intended) to the character and worked with all of us not only on the play but to be more sensitive and understanding. Next, creating an environment the play calls for requires the set build and as usual, Christine Ambriz and her team came through. Props and costumes were shared by EPCC and UTEP Dinner Theatre respectively and to my friends there, a shout out to you! Last but certainly not least - the cast and crew. It’s my pleasure and honor to work with such great and dedicated talent. Thank you for your commitment and long hours. Also much love to my partner Eurydice! Now sit back, or on the edge of your seat, the wait is over! Enjoy the show!

Veronica Frescas - Director

tiffani bradbury

thomas gandrup

kevin kellog

toni marie gonzalez

daniel holguin

kristin miller & Eva


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Wait Until Dark adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher  

El Paso Playhouse presentation of Wait Until Dark directed by Veronica Frescas

Wait Until Dark adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher  

El Paso Playhouse presentation of Wait Until Dark directed by Veronica Frescas

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