Pill, who plays eager TV news staffer Maggie Jordan on HBO's "The Newsroom," is to star in a new adaptation of Frederick Knott's thriller "Wait Until Dark" opening at the Geffen Playhouse next month.
Pill will be filling the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman being manipulated by con men in Greenwich Village. The final scene immerses the audience in the perspective of Pill's character -- it's staged entirely in the dark.
Matt Shakman, founder and artistic director of L.A.'s Black Dahlia Theatre, is directing the production, which will be set in the mid-1940s -- as opposed to the 1960s, the time period the original was set against.
"I love a good thriller and remember seeing 'Wait Until Dark' at my hometown community theatre when I was 5 or 6," Shakman said in a statement. "It scared me to death but I loved its pressure-cooker environment, the slow build of the con game, and Susan's great reversal from ultimate victim to ultimate survivor."
Brighid Fleming, Rod McLachlan, Matt McTighe, Adam Stein and Mather Zickel also are appearing in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation.
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Pill, whose film appearances include
The original version of the play, directed by Arthur Penn, opened on Broadway in February 1966 at the
Opening night is planned for Oct. 16 in the
[For the record, 6:45 p.m., Sept. 10: A previous version of this post misspelled Audrey Hepburn's last name as Heburn.]