A lonely house in the middle
of the woods.
An emotionally repressed
housekeeper to a nasty wheelchair bound old woman.
A headless female body found
A cocky young visitor who
ingratiates himself into the household!
A heavy old hatbox containing
These are just a few of the elements
that make-up the classic English thriller
"Night Must Fall"
by Emlyn Williams. The play is so gripping it has twice been made into
a cult film; once with Robert Montgomery and once with Albert Finney. Dan
is the name of the visitor, and he becomes entangled with the Old Lady
and the up-tight niece Olivia who takes care of her when he gets the servant
girl Dora pregnant. How cleverly he cons the old woman until she begins
to think of him as her son. Olivia is on to Dan almost at once, but she
also has a strange attraction to him. Mrs. Terrence the cook and Hubert,
Olivia's erstwhile fiancé round out this unique household.
Slow and plodding, but thorough and intriguing
Inspector Belsize arrives to announce a horrible murder/mutilation in the
area. Olivia decides to play "detective" on her own. To say more would
As always Off The Wall Theatre
director Dale Gutzman brings this nail biting thriller to the stage
in an adventurous new way. Within a set of heavy red curtains littered
with roses, he invites his actors to play out the sometimes violent actions
of the play, using the intimate Off The Wall space in to
literally drop the horror right into the laps of the audience.
"Not only is the play a truly fun-filled
suspense experience, but it makes some important statements about the roles
of women in our society. It also explores the separation between Fantasy
and Reality. We all have secret fantasies, but some people actually begin
to live-out those fantasies at the expense of reality."
David Roper technical directed and
Russell created a unique and innovative Soundscape that actually interacted
with the actors in real time. The play is a classic, but this production
was cutting-edge. Sandy Lewis and Lawrence J. Lukasavage assisted Mr. Gutzman
The Cast consisted of:
Mark Neufang as Dan, the mysterious
Jenny Kosek as Olivia who is both
taken with him and repulsed by him.
Donna Lobacz as the bullying wheelchair-bound
tyrant of the house.
Jeremy C. Welter as Hubert, Olivia's
tedious but well meaning fiance.
Caitlin Kujawski Compton as Dora,
the forlorn maid who is in the family way.
Gladys Chmiel as the wise and unfiltered
and James Strange as Inspector
Belsize of Scotland Yard.
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