in the Dark
By John Pielmeier
15 - November 6, 2004
Mysterious phone calls, a remote cabin, a
storm and a woman alone are all part of the stew that John Pielmeier cooks up
for VOICES IN THE DARK.
At the play’s start, we meet Dr. Lil, a
psychotherapist with the #1 radio talk show in the country who has an astounding
track record for saving desperate callers’ lives. She
juggles a commuter marriage with her husband based in Washington, D.C., while
she broadcasts from Manhattan.
Her career is soaring, but her marriage has
taken a nosedive, so she arranges a weekend retreat to her husband’s cabin in
the Adirondacks to try and sort things out.
Some mysterious phone calls that start on her
radio show follow her to the cabin, and when her husband doesn’t arrive as
planned, Lil is left alone for the weekend. Soon the ominous phone calls
continue, and she has more than her marriage to save – perhaps her very life.
VOICES IN THE DARK
garnered the 1999 Edgar Award (named for Edgar Allan Poe) for Best Mystery Play.
Over the years, playwright John Pielmeier has
also written numerous television films in addition to plays, but he is probably
best known for his play “Agnes of God” and the subsequent film which starred
Anne Bancroft, Jane Fonda and Meg Tilly. A
psychiatrist figures prominently in that story, as well.