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Arts & Entertainment ‘Wait until Dark’ opens at the Peacock Playhouse

Will the real New York policeman please step forward? Duke Pangborn, Chuck Shissler, and John Simonelli are in "Wait until Dark," which opens Sept. 16 at the Peacock Playhouse. Pangborn and Simonelli play New York policemen.Mystery thriller “Wait Until Dark,” will run Sept. 16-18, and Sept. 23-25 at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. Director Edie Kleinpeter has been very pleased with rehearsals and feels she has a strong cast.

Debbie Timson plays Susy, a blind woman, who unwittingly gets drawn in to a drug deal gone wrong. Three con artists worm their way into her life and apartment in search of a doll that her husband, trying to do a good deed at the airport, took from a woman to deliver to a child in New York. The doll contains drugs that the three men want to get.

Michael Lindsay, David Spivey, and Jeromy Bonilla play the bad men. Chuck Shissler plays Sam, Susy’s husband. Maddy Mock plays Gloria, a neighbor child upstairs. “Wait Until Dark” was on Broadway then made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn.

Two actors with small but essential parts are John Simonelli and Duke Pangborn. They play New York policemen, and if you think they are good at their parts, there is an extra good reason (besides being fine actors). Both are from New York. John Simonelli spent years as an actor on Broadway in such shows as “Promises, Promises,” and “Kiss Me Kate.” Pangborn had experience in some shows too, but he spent 21 years in the New York Police Department. He worked as a detective at the Port Authority, two years at The World Trade Center, Times Square, and in police security at Kennedy Airport where he protected two Presidents (Carter and Ford), visiting royalty, and heads of state. He also worked on two “Kojak” TV shows as an advisor, and had a small part in “Midnight Cowboy.” He knew what he was doing having been trained in criminal investigations, narcotics school, and bomb investigations, among other skills.

Call now for tickets at (828)389-8632 or (877)691-9906. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $8 for students. The show is rated PG.

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