VP 2005 Deathtrap


Written By: Ira Levin
Directed by: Aggie Alt
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Run of Show

“Deathtrap” ran Jan. 7-22, 2005, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, second Sunday at 2:00pm
Ticket Information

Deathtrap PlaySynopsis

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.

“It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own. If you like thrillers, do see it. I promise you that it is vintage.” —NY Post.

“The intricately fashioned plot contortions brought gasps, the comedy lines drew delighted chortles…” —The Hollywood Reporter.

“Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy…Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It’s good for you.” —Cue Magazine.

“If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP.” —Time.


The Program for this show can be viewed by clicking Deathtrap. (pdf)  (Requires Adobe Reader)

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Sidney Bruhl Dave DeChristpoher
Myra Bruhl Lynnie Heinemann
Clifford Anderson Tony Dickens
Helga Ten Drop Dana Pilrose
Porter Milgrim Tim Keogh

Production Staff

Director Aggie Alt
Producers Paige Price
Set Design Syd Spate
Stage Manager Debbie Marinik
Lighting Designer Ryan Dougherty & Tori Hoy
Lighting Crew
Costume Design Pam Kelso
Property Master Frank Venda
Backstage Crew Ernie Brown, Jean Brown & Bob Smith
Set Construction Steve Mierzejewski & Bob Smith
Set Crew Norb Mills
Scenic Art Sue Dennis, Carol Gorny, Ruth Greenberg, Jackie Mierzejewski, Paige Price, Mary Ann Silka & Frank Venda
Sound Design Jim Heydinger
Sound Crew Marc Malley
Program Laura Ahrens, Jake Gordy & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design Laura Ahrens
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberly Bruggemann, Darlene Hatfield, Sue Holliger, Joe & Carol Kwiatkowski, John Farnham Scott, Rita Stobinski, Roger Whitmore & Judy Wiederhold
Program Printing The Copy Center
Marquee Signs Bob Smith
Cast Photography Frank Venda
Special Thanks The Carpet Place – Starlite Plaza, Christopher’s New and Used Furniture, Bowling Green State University, Theatre Department – Scene Shop, Cindi Fountain and Zak Gilley, The Laser Connection, Carol Kwiatkowski

* Many years ago while living in Toledo, Syd Spate designed numerous sets for area community theaters as well as for The Westgate Dinner Theater. Syd and his wife Barb now reside in St. Petersburg Beach Florida. When he learned that Deathtrap was part of our 04/05 season, he offered us his Westgate Dinner Theatre set design and we eagerly accepted. Thank you Syd, it’s great to have you back.

The Show!

Place: Sidney Bruhl’s Study, Westport, Connecticut

Act I

Scene 1: An Afternoon in October
Scene 2: That evening
Scene 3: Two hours later

Act II

Scene 1: Two weeks later, morning
Scene 2: A week later, night
Scene 3: A week later, afternoon