Press Release: Wait Until Dark

Press Release
March 6, 2017
Castro Valley, CA

Suspenseful Wait Until Dark opens at Chanticleers Theatre April 7th

A policeman. A con man. An old friend. A blind woman. A lost doll and … a murder. All of this and more will keep you on the edge of your seat when Wait Until Dark opens at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley.

Authored by Frederick Knott, who also penned Dial “M” for Murder, the play is a slow burn that builds in menace until the gripping climactic confrontation between its protagonist Susy Hendrix and the terrifying Roat. Wait Until Dark is as anxiety-inducing as an old film noir, but also has many laugh-out-loud funny moments that balance the tension. It is a wonderful statement about finding the strength inside yourself to overcome insurmountable obstacles, refusing to be the victim, and fighting the true monsters in the world around you. We hope you enjoy Wait Until Dark and apologize in advance for the increase in your electric bills when you refuse to turn off your lights after seeing it!

Directed by Michael Sally, a talented cast from all over the East Bay includes: Gigi Benson (Oakland), Matt Beall (San Leandro), Steve Wilner (Dublin), Ivan Velazquez (Alameda), Roger Caetano (Castro Valley), and Emma Curtin (Alameda).

Wait Until Dark opens with Chanticleers’ traditional champagne gala on April 7 and runs through April 30. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday evening shows is 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm (no matinee on Easter Sunday). General admission is $25; admission for Seniors (60+)/Students/Military is $20. On Bargain Night, April 8, all tickets are $20. The Chanticleers Theatre FlexPass (gives you four tickets to use anytime during the season) is $85 general and $68 seniors/students/military. Chanticleers Theatre is located in the Castro Valley Community Park at 3683 Quail Avenue, Castro Valley. Call 510-SEE-LIVE (733-5483) or go to for reservations/tickets.

Gigi Benson (Susy), Matt Beall (Roat), Steve Wilner (Mike), Ivan Velazquez (Carlino)

Steve Wilner (Mike), Gigi Benson (Susy), Matt Beall (Roat), Ivan Velazquez (Carlino)

Gigi Benson (Susy Hendrix) hiding the doll

Ivan Velazquez (Carlino), Matt Beall (Roat), Gigi Benson (Susy), Steve Wilner (Mike)