Wait Until Dark
April 14-16th, 2016
Tarragon Theatre Rehearsal Hall
30 Bridgman Ave., Toronto
Shannon Lahaie as Susy
Mark Nocent as Mike
Eric Miinch as Roat
Dave Walpole as Carlino
Abby Strachan as Gloria
Andrew Lorimer as Sam
Ryan Kotack as Police Officer
Peter Mazzucco as Police Officer
A sinister con man two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of a young photographer and his blind wife. Persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, the photographer has unknowingly come into possession of the thousands of dollars worth of heroin sewn inside. Through a cleverly constructed deception, the con men convince the wife that the police have implicated her husband in a murder and that the doll is key evidence. However, with the help of a young neighbor, the young woman figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade and realizes that her only chance of survival in this deadly game of cat and mouse, is to plunge all those involved into the total darkness that only she knows how to navigate.
CAST & CREW BIOS
Shannon Lahaie as Susy:
Shannon Lahaie is an actor, writer, and sketch comedian living in Toronto, Ont. She can be seen in the films `Think Deep (Digital Dimensions), The Talent Scout(Cinematik Kitsch), and Ìnsane(Stormdust Pictures) which has been screened at over 35 Film Festivals throughout North America, earning her a Best Actress nomination at the FilmQuest 2014 Festival. She also performs and writes with her sketch comedy troupe Dame Judy Dench, whose recent show `That`s Just 5 Kids In A Trench Coat received NNNNN in NOW Magazine. She is thrilled to be a part of this great cast and to work with Bygone Theatre.
Mark Nocent as Mike:
Mark Nocent is a Honours Graduate from Humber Colleges Acting for Film and Television Program. A resident of Toronto, Mark has found success in commercials, short films, notably the short W4M, part of an ongoing web-series by 9 Light Entertainment, and indie features, notably Smoke it which is currently in Post Production. On stage Mark has run a gamut of Musical Theatre, Sketch Comedy, and traditional plays, most recently touring the 2015 Fringe with the show MARS, written by Jayson McDonald.
Eric Miinch as Roat:
Eric Miinch attended the University of Windsor where he graduated with an Honours BFA. He is a graduate of The Toronto Second City Conservatory and has performed in every major city in Canada. Recent credits include: The Village Green (Applebox Film Company), You Detective (Toronto Fringe), Finding John Stooge (EggMilk Productions).
Dave Walpole as Carlino:
Dave Walpole was born August 11th, 1986 and stems from Hamilton, Ontario. Not an ordinary kid growing up, Dave was born with a congenital heart defect for which he had to have two surgeries at the ages of 4 and 5. Dave was always the class clown and soon began to stretch his talents by doing more comedy and drama. During high school he played a small part in the Wiz, and was the captain of the schools improv and sketch team. After high school he took his training to Humber College for Comedy Writing and Performance. There he learned from SNLs Robin Duke, and Second Citys Alan Guttman. Upon finishing the program, he went to work on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, hosting dance parties, and activities. Aside from also being a stilt walker in the ship parades, Dave Walpole and his partner Patrick Carolan formed The Blues Brothers Released, a tribute band to the Blues Brothers, where he performed as Elwood Blues for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Since his departure from the ship life, Dave Walpole has been in numerous projects such as Dumb and Dumber To, CNNs new series Race For The White House, The Volunteer by Rosco Films, and Civil War Chronicles, soon to be released for the American Heroes Network. Currently the host on YouTubes InformOverload, FTD Facts and his personal project The Ivy Show featuring him and his loud mouth long haired chihuahua named Ivy. Currently he is slated for a feature film The Weekend by Livingston Studios.
Abby Strachan as Gloria:
Abby Strachan was born in Toronto and has loved to perform for as long as she can remember. She has been involved in many small theatre productions and school plays as well as Mirvishs production of The Railway Children. She was the recipient of the Karen Kain School of the Arts Drama Award, and currently majors in theatre in her high school. She is very excited to be playing Gloria in Wait Until Dark.
Andrew Lorimer as Sam:
Andrew Lorimer is an actor originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He made the move to Toronto three years ago after being accepted into the George Brown Theatre School. Some of his notable roles include: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Quonta Drama Festival Adjudicator Award for Youth and Theatre Ontario Outstanding Juvenile Award), and George Gibbs in Our Town (Quonta Drama Festivals Bob Sproule Award). He also had the very exciting opportunity to work with the Theater Reconstruction Ensemble in New York City, exploring the text of Hamlet to create new theatrical work. Wait Unit Dark marks Andrews premiere on stage in Toronto.
Ryan Kotack as Police Officer:
Ryan Christopher Kotack is an actor and screenwriter. As an actor, his work has screened at international film festivals. His first feature film, IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES, gave Ryan Christopher critical praise: newcomer Kotack delivers an admirably lived-in performance that make fully convincing characters growing sense of despair, (Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER).In addition to his work on screen, Ryan Christopher has written for Canadian Film Review, ACTRA Torontos Performers On Set Magazine, and short films NEW DOMAIN & MARS IS LAUGHINNG AT US, in association with ACTRA Toronto YEAA SHORTS and ReelWorld Film Festival. A University of Guelph Theatre Studies Alumni, Ryan currently is an advanced study of Meisner Technique (Adrian Griffin) at Fraser Studios. Ryan is grateful to be on stage with Bygone Theatre and cherishes the support from his friends and family. Catch Ryan Christopher Kotack in the television show REIGN (CW/CTV) this Spring.
Peter Mazzucco as Police Officer:
More than 20 years ago, Peter studied Theatre Arts at University of Toronto, and then obtained dual citizenship with the intention to further his studies in Europe. Peter chose to stay in Canada and pursue a safe domestic life instead. In his 40s he realised that life is short and regrets are fruitless, so he resumed his dream to become an accomplished actor. Peter has obtained performance credits in independent films, television, web series, print work and live theatre. He is thrilled to be a Policeman in Bygone Theatres production of Wait Until Dark.
Tarragon Theatre, Rehearsal Hall (View)
30 Bridgman Ave
Toronto, ON M5R 1X3
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|