Niagara Gazette — L. Don Swartz could tell you more about the plot of his newest play, “Deep End of the Dark” ... but then he’d have to kill you.
And that would mean one less potential audience member.
“It’s a psychological thriller,” he said. “My biggest fear is that it’s spoiled for somebody. So don’t tell anybody. Let them have the fun. My hope is that the audience members are cool about that and don’t spoil it for people who haven’t seen it yet.”
Swartz wrote, directed and appears in the play, which premiered Thursday at the Ghostlight Theatre in North Tonawanda and continues through Oct. 27. It’s the theater’s 27th annual October thriller, but a departure from the usual types of Halloween stories for which the theater on Schenk is so well-suited.
“It’s kind of the opposite of the ‘spooky old house’ stories,” he said. “I thought the audience might be getting tired of that. So I thought, ‘What is the opposite of the spooky old house stories?’
“So the set came first. That’s probably the first time that’s ever happened. Then I had to challenge myself to come up with a story.”
Swartz does divulge a little — very little — of the plot. Two couples are stalked by a killer on a weekend camping trip on an island. It’s dark. There are tents, trees and a campsite (featuring a fire effect Swartz is very proud of, involving a projector, mirrors and video of an actual fire). Beyond that ... well ... he’s not saying much.
“There are 30,000 islands on Lake Huron and the story takes place on one of them,” he said. “The couples think they’re alone on the island. Of course, they’re not. That wouldn’t be any fun.”