New London opens new year with a thriller


• What: “Wait Until Dark”

• When: Opens 8 p.m. today. Runs through Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays

• Where: New London Theatre, 2338 Henry Clower Blvd., Snellville

• Cost: $10 to $15

• For more information: Visit www.newlondontheatre.org

SNELLVILLE -- Are you looking for something frightening to keep you on the edge of your seat? The New London Theatre is in the final stages of preparing its opening play of 2013.

The theater performs Frederick Knott's 1966 play "Wait Until Dark" starting today and running through Jan. 27 with Brian Jones directing.

"Wait Until Dark" is a thrilling narrative about a blind woman whose husband gets tangled up with three dangerous con men. When the con men realize that she has what they are looking for, her story quickly becomes one of survival.

The cast and crew have been preparing for opening night since mid-November and, according to producer John Berlo, although this isn't their first show of the season, they are ready to start the new year off with a thriller.

As for what the audience should expect from all of the work, Berlo said, "'Wait Until Dark' is filled with drama and suspense. We hope that everyone will be intrigued by the drama and on the edge of their seats with the suspense. We also hope that no one is afraid of the dark."

Eight actors comprise the cast and range in age from 12 to 35. There are three first-time New London actors as well as five seasoned veterans. Cast members include John Bates, David Allen, Chase McElroy, Shea Jones, Nicole Ojeda-Johns, Aaron Glaze, Richard Diaz and Kamil Vencil.

The theater has been open since 2000 and runs solely on donations, grants and ticket sales. Volunteer actors and actresses are the performers in plays such as "Wait Until Dark."

"Absolutely anyone can be in a New London Theatre play," Berlo said. "We hold open auditions for every show. When possible, we even add roles so we can include as many people as possible."