The Ringgold Playhouse will be returning for another year at the Historic Ringgold Depot beginning with the play "Wait Until Dark," by Frederick Knott and directed by Adam Cook. Performances will be at the Ringgold Depot on February 20-22, 27-28 and March 1. This will be the second play brought to downtown by the Ringgold Playhouse which was founded in early 2013. The Ringgold Playhouse premiered with their first at the Depot in 2013 with the play "Bus Stop," by William Inge.
Frederick Knott wrote the stage play "Wait Until Dark," which was later turned into the 1967 feature film staring Audrey Hepburn. "The play is a suspense-thriller about a trio of con-men who attempt to swindle a blind woman named "Susy," whom they believe has accidentally gained control of a precious doll filled with drugs," explained Director Adam Cook, "The trio tries to convince Susy that her husband is suspected of murdering the woman who brought the doll to town, and that the only way to protect her husband and clear his name is to turn over the doll to them," he said. Adam Cook starred in and Directed the Ringgold Playhouse's performance of William Inge's "Bus Stop."
The cast and crew of the Ringgold Playhouse are excited about the coming season and look forward to a new play. Auditions have been held and selections were made for a cast of 8 actors: 6 male and 2 female. "This cast is exceptional," said Adam Cook, "Our youngest actor in the show is 12-years-old, and our oldest is mid-50's. We have a collection of people from Cleveland, Chattanooga, Dalton, East Ridge, and Ringgold working on the show, and its great that we're bringing more artists to tell these great stories." Speaking about his own experience in theater, Cook explained, "I've directed, acted, and stage managed a lot of plays over the years, and this crew came in ready to work from day one."
The Ringgold Convention and Visitors Bureau helps sponsor events at the Depot to help generate activity and interest in downtown. "The CVB is excited to have the Ringgold Playhouse return for another year," said CVB Chairman Dr. Ronal Graham,"This has been a great event to add to the activities we sponsor at the Depot," said Graham. Adam Cook explains that the City's support has been encouraging, "Even before the first production opened this past summer, people were already talking about The Ringgold Playhouse, and how enthused they were to have something new, exciting, and different downtown," said Cook. "A lot of that has to do with the support shown to the project by the mayor, the city council, the DDA, and CVB," said Cook. The CVB helps sponsor events throughout the year in order to bring visitors to downtown and promote tourism in Ringgold. "Funding for events like these comes from the City Hotel/Motel tax and allows us to use tourism dollars coming into the City to host a wide variety of events throughout the year," said Dr. Graham.
The Ringgold Playhouse's production of Frederick Knott's "Wait Until Dark," will be held at the Ringgold Depot at 155 Depot Street in downtown Ringgold Georgia. The Depot will open at 7 p.m. and curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m.