We want to do a better job highlighting the great work our members do out in the community, even when they're not singing or acting or foolin' around with us. As such, we're starting a blog series called "Fools In:" that features commentary, behind the scenes photos, and other inside information, delivered to you straight from Fools participating in upcoming local productions and events.
We're so excited to kick off this series with Wait Until Dark at Selma Arts Center! The show is a slowly-unfolding mystery centered around the life of Suzy, a blind housewife, who must outwit thugs who come to her apartment in search of a very special (spoiler alert: drug-filled) doll her husband unwittingly transported across the boarder from Canada into their home in Greenwich Village, NY.
Longtime Fool, Juan Luis Guzmán, directs the piece. He says, "Aside from all the thrills and chills in this production, I think it is also a story that speaks to the strength of a character who must learn to trust in herself at all costs. There are themes of love and friendship in this story, of redemption and empowerment. Themes that teach us these qualities can often light the way for us even in the darkest of situations."
One of our favorite Fools, and cheerleaders-for-the-Fools, and general supporter-of-all-things-and-people-in-the-local-theatre-scene, Cyndle Cee serves as stage manager for the production. "I can't remember the last time I saw a show that scared me," she says. "Rehearsing the finale in the weeks leading up to opening always had me tense up even though I knew how it would end. The commitment the actors have blows me away every night and I am immensely proud of them and all the work they've put in to this show. I cannot wait for audiences to experience that as well."
Coming up soon: The Government Inspector at Hypo-Theatricals, which opens May 23rd and involves Fools Dakota Simpson, Randy Kohlruss, Justin Ray, and Damen Pardo!
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