by Ira Levin
directed by Matt Salton
Oct. 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2, 2:00 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway thrillers. But his life isn't all it seems. His great success, a thriller called The Murder Game, is some years in the past now, and as Sydney says, nothing recedes like success. More recently, he has produced a string of flops. Living mainly on his wife Myra's money and accustomed to a lifestyle encouraged by his early success, Sidney now faces a shortage of funds.
A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from Clifford Anderson, a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college. It's 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.
“The lasting appeal in Deathtrap is that it’s so murderously clever and ferociously funny it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen a stage or film version of it already. You’ll laugh and shudder and scream and squirm along with the people who are experiencing it for the first time.”
- Calgary Herald
Clifford arrives at Sidney and Myra's home, and it soon becomes apparent that Sidney's plan involves something more sinister than a collaboration. Thereafter the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness and an abundance of thrills and laughter right up to the final, startling moments of the play.
Opening in 1978, Deathtrap had a four-year run on Broadway and a three-year run in London's West End. It won the Mystery Writers' of America Best Play award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. A film adaptation with Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon and Christopher Reeve appeared in 1982.
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Born in New York in 1929, Ira Levin attended Drake University and New York University, then began writing scripts for radio and television as well as training films.
His first produced play was No Time for Sergeants, an adaptation of a novel by Mac Hyman, mostly notable for launching Andy Griffith's career. It was later made into a movie and a TV series.
Deathtrap, written in 1978, is Levin's best-known play, but he is also known for several novels that were made into movies, including Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives.
Ira Levin died in New York in 2007.
We would like to acknowledge that this production takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We honour and give thanks to the land, its inhabitants and their enduring cultures.
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Wikipedia: Ira Levin