The Desperate Hours (1963)


March 29-30 & April 3-6, 1963


Community Players Theatre


The Hilliards are a typical family living in the outskirts of Indianapolis. Abruptly, their pleasant home becomes a jungle full of cunning and violence. Mr. Hilliard and 19-year-old Cindy are allowed to go to work, while Mrs. Hilliard and 10-year-old Ralphie remain in the house as hostages. Meanwhile, the police search closes inexorably in conducted by a deputy sheriff who has his own reasons for wanting a kill. The Hilliards are helpless; a murder occurs. The police move closer as the kidnappers start working out their own plan to seek revenge on the Deputy Sheriff.

Author: Joseph Hayes

Historian’s Corner

Dick Brown had been the original director for “The Desperate Hours.” Sadly, Mr. Brown had to step down for medical reasons. Dr. Marie J. Robinson of Illinois Wesleyan’s Speech Department stepped in to direct. The board had added a Sunday matinee to the opening weekend, but that date was found not to be necessary, so the show stayed with the six original show dates. The show was well-received and only a few single admission tickets were available from the box office when the show began.