The Westfield Community Players presents “Night Watch”


Originally published: 10/05/2022

(WESTFIELD, NJ) — The players of the Westfield Community the gifts night watch, a suspense by Lucille Fletcher with five performances in October. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by disturbing memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment, Elaine screams as she sees (or thinks she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the street.

The police are called but find nothing but an empty chair. Elaine’s horror grows when she sees another dead body – this time that of a woman – but now the police are skeptical and ignore her desperate pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine is on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should be admitted to a sanatorium for treatment.

From this point, the action moves quickly and intriguingly, as those involved – Elaine’s old friend and houseguest, Blanche; the nosy and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the inquisitive German maid Helga – they all help deepen the play’s suspense and mystery as it nears its gripping and terrifying climax.

The performances take place on October 15, 22, 28, 29 at 8:00 p.m. and on October 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase on-line. Performances are at 1000 North Avenue West in Westfield, New Jersey.

The cast includes Robyn Mandalakis (Elaine Wheeler), John Wheeler (Thom Carroll), Ruth Rocky (Helga), Anthony Giangrante (Vanelli), Ed Bontempo (Curtis Appleby), Kathy Gordon (Blanche Cooke), Jose Rivera (Lieutenant Walker), Sandra Lilly (Dr. Tracey Lake) and Rupert Ravens (Sam Hoke). Production will be directed by Bill Seeselberg.

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night watch is produced under special agreement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Funding was made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

WCP is a member of the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT). The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting local theaters across the state. The group’s primary mission is to celebrate excellence by artists of all disciplines involved in the performance and production of the New Jersey Community Theater.

WCP is a member of the American Association of Community Theater (AACT). AACT is the national community theater organization whose primary goal is to enable community theaters across the country to become the cornerstones of their communities’ creative lives – to provide quality entertainment, intellectual stimulation, challenge and opportunity to be worthy contributors to an improved quality of life for the communities they serve.

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