- Magazine Lecture: Director’s Notes
Friday, October 5, 2018
The longest-running thriller on Broadway comes to Main Street in downtown Hillsboro. A fiendishly clever plot, with nerve-jangling twists and turns, Deathtrap is a true classic of American theatre.
Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful writer of stage thrillers, is in the grip of chronic writer’s block, when young playwright Clifford Anderson sends Bruhl his brilliant new whodunit, Deathtrap. Desperate to set Broadway alight once more, should Bruhl kill the newcomer and pass the play off as his own?
No one is who they appear to be, and, with every twist and turn, Deathtrap will keep you guessing until the bitter, bloody end! A taut, terrifying, and thrilling way to kick off the Halloween season!
“Thrillers are a tough genre to make work in live theatre, but when they’re as well written as Ira Levin’s 1978 masterpiece, they can be as hair-raising and suspenseful as the very best thriller films… an exciting night of highly enjoyable entertainment, filled with twists and turns!”
– Jacob Davis, The Chicago Critic
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Runs 10/04/18 - 10/31/18
Run Time 120 minutes, including 1 intermission(s)
Recommended for ages 16+
PAY WHAT YOU WILL NIGHT: October 4 (cash preferred)
All shows (except where indicated) are General Admission.
The auditorium opens for seating 45 minutes prior to curtain.
Due to the intimate nature of our space, absolutely NO LATE SEATING will be allowed for any reason. Please ensure you arrive on time for the performance.
Magazine Series Lectures take place in the auditorium on each Friday performance starting at 6:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes.
Post-show discussions and talk-backs with the cast and crew take place immediately following each Sunday matinee and last approximately 45 minutes.
Helga ten Dorp
Eric St. Cyr†
Lighting Designer & Technical Director
Master Carpenter & Master Electrician
Assistant Stage Manager & Props Master
‡= Member of the Bag&Baggage Resident Acting company, generously sponsored by Linda Morrisson & Andrew Hoffman
†= Bag&Baggage Associate Artist
^= Bag&Baggage Emerging Artist, generously sponsored by Brad & Linda Needham
When I was called to audition for the part of Sidney Bruhl for Ira Levin’s Deathtrap my first thought was, “Why am I being considered?” followed by, “Why bother? I’m not going to get the part.” The gift was Scott Palmer—B&B’s Artistic Director and the play’s director—breaking through the color barrier and casting…
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When I first read the script for Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap”, I’ll admit…I was a bit underwhelmed with the character of Myra Bruhl, the wife of the once successful, but now struggling, playwright Sidney Bruhl. She appears a dutiful wife, maybe even a bit boring, supporting her writer husband through their financial…
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