Kentwood Players Presents Noir Thriller NIGHT WATCH at the Westchester Playhouse

Elaine Wheeler (Courtney Shaffer) shows her shocking discoveries to her husband John (Ben Billand) in NIGHT WATCH. But what happens when he doesn’t believe her in this noir thriller? (Photo by Gloria Plunkett)

By Shari Barrett

Kentwood Players proudly presents NIGHT WATCH, a noir thriller by Lucille Fletcher, opening Friday, Sept. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. Directed by Brandon Ferruccio, and co-produced for Kentwood Players by Kim Peterson and Catherine Rahm with rights secured from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., the cast features (in alphabetical order) Benjamin Billand, Nina Rose Carlin, Jennifer Lee Moody, Lisa J. Salas, Michael Serrato Sanchez, Michele Selin, Courtney Shaffer, and Sean Spencer.

NIGHT WATCH, perhaps best known as the 1973 feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor, is an ingeniously devised “Hitchcock type” noir thriller which builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. The mystery begins when Elaine observes one corpse, and then another in the abandoned building opposite her home. Although her friends, family and authorities may not believe her, Elaine insists that she saw what she saw, and continuous suspicions arise as she begins to drive herself and everyone around her to their emotional limits. But with only limited evidence on hand, will plans be made for Elaine to be sent to a sanitarium or will a supposed killer make themselves known?

Reserved seat tickets are $22 with a $2 discount for seniors and students, with a pay-what-you-want performance on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. only. Tickets are available by either visiting to purchase online and book your reserved seats, emailing the box office at or calling (310) 645-5156, preferably during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Emails and phone messages will be answered in the order received to confirm your ticket order. There are group ticket rates for 10 or more. Available tickets will be sold at the box office beginning one hour prior to each performance.

For the safety of our patrons, staff and cast members, everyone ages 12 and over must show proof of vaccination and photo ID for admittance to the Westchester Playhouse and wear a face mask while inside the building. Free street parking is available on 83rd Street and in the adjoining neighborhood, but not on Hindry Ave., with left turns restricted on the corner of Hindry and Florence due to the new Metro train station crossing. At some performances, a free parking lot located across Hindry Ave. next to the Metro tracks will be available for patrons. Please read all traffic and parking signs carefully.  

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