Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: - for the play Wait Until Dark are by appointment, September 7 & 8, 2019. Click here to sign up online.

Wait Until Dark at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions for roles in the play Wait Until Dark on SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 and SUNDAY, SEPT. 8. The director is seeking 1 WOMAN (age 20s/30s), 1 GIRL (age 12-14), and 4 MEN (ages 30s-40s). ALL roles are open and available for audition and all receive remuneration. We are very open to diversity in casting and ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Actors are asked to sign up for auditions online to secure a slot. If you are unable to navigate this process, call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Wait Until Dark by Jeffrey Hatcher, is adapted from the Frederick Knott 1966 original play in a new setting of 1944 Greenwich Village. It will be directed by Nancy McDonald.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Audition Requirements for speaking roles:

  • Please submit online your appointment request along with your resume and headshot by following the instructions on the online audition site. You can email a resume and headshot to  and note WAIT UNTIL DARK AUDITION and your LAST NAME in the subject line. Please bring both resume and head shot to your audition appointment as back up.
  • All races/ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
  • The director will have actors read sides from the script. The sides can be found on this web page. (See below to download PDFs). Those auditioning can also come early the day of your audition to review sides or can check out a script from the office to read onsite (or check out for 24 hours for a nominal fee).
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the Jeffrey Hatcher adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original play.  It is set in 1944 during WWII, but other than that, it is still set in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, NY. Gloria’s age is now 12-14.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.
  • Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.

Important Dates:

Rehearsal schedule:  Rehearsals will begin Mid-November. The tentative schedule will be Monday – Thursday 6:30 pm – 10 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 4 pm, Fridays will be off. Final rehearsal schedule will be determined once show is cast. All actors should bring calendar and list any rehearsal conflicts.
Performance schedule: Wait Until Dark opens January 10, 2020 and continues through February 16, 2020. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (Jan. 26, & Feb. 9), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (Jan. 12, 19 & Feb. 2, 16) and one Wednesday evening performance (Jan. 29) at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the play
Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Susan, a blind woman, lives with her husband Sam in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. While away on business, Sam unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll into his home after a trip to Philadelphia. But when the doll goes missing, a woman is murdered, and a mystery begins to unravel that leaves Susan tangled up with a ruthless con man. A battle of wits ensues, and light becomes dark, as the tables are turned in a deadly game of cat and mouse — all leading to a jump-out-of-your-seat finish.

About the Playwright

Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott's 1966 original, giving it a new setting: 1944 Greenwich Village.

In an interview about this work, Jeffrey Hatcher mused: “There’s one reveal I’m awfully proud of. I saw an opportunity in the original to get an extra bang that was never there before. These are the kinds of things that tickle me, because the audience always reacts. It comes at the very end of the first act. I live for audiences laughing, and… I love gasps, and I love when [audiences] go “Uh-oh!” I would say there are more tension/relief laughs than in the original.” Pamela Espeland, MinnPost, 09/06/2018

Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All roles are open. Lakewood supports and encourages diversity in all casting. All roles receive remuneration. This is truly an ensemble cast and strong acting is required for each role.

  • Susan (20s/30s years old) Blinded in an automobile accident a year and half ago, Susan, a vivacious and capable woman, is attempting to rebuild her life with her husband, Sam, who she met in the hospital where she was recovering. She is at her most vulnerable though, a feeling she doesn’t like, as she tries to prove to Sam and to herself that she can be successful.
  • Roat (30s/40s) A true psychopath with a love of the “con,” Roat is a master of disguise, no conscience whatsoever and more athletic than he appears. He impersonates “Harry Roat, Sr.” (an out-of-control angry man in his ‘70s) and his son Harry Roat, Jr. (a henpecked man in his ‘40s) as part of this current vicious con game.
  • Mike (30s/40s) A lieutenant in the Marines who knew Sam while they were attached to the same unit. In fact, Sam saved his life and he stopped by to see him while in New York on leave. At least, that’s who the audience believes he is, until they discover at the end of Act I (in this new adaptation of the play) that he is part of the “con.”
    Carlino (30s/40s) A bearish man who has been recently released after three years in prison. A bit dim, he’s still wary of what he can’t control. The one thing he knows well is his role in the “con:” Sgt. Carlino, the overworked cop who’s on the hunt for the criminal.
  • Sam (30s) A tough ex-Marine, he still suffers from PTSD, and he met his new wife when they were both hospitalized. She found him when he was struggling to find his way back from the war; he found her when she was trying to pretend she could cope without any help in her new blindness. A photographer, he wants Susan to be as independent as possible, and he sometimes sees her with the coldness of the camera lens, with a seeming dispassionate perfectionism.
  • Gloria (12-14) A young girl struggling in a difficult NYC childhood, Gloria has no one in her life.  She’s bright and wants to be helpful, has a crush on Sam, and resents Susan, even though she secretly admires her for her spunk. And to top it all off, she just got glasses! She’s pretty miserable and takes it out on whomever she can (except Sam).

Auditions are by appointment. Callbacks, if needed, will be Tuesday, September 10 at the Director's discretion.

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