October 6-28, 2000
Directed by Jo Perryman
The ingenious plot is two-thirds thriller
and one-third a devilishly clever comedy - full of twists and shocks until the
Sidney Bruhl, once a successful writer of Broadway thrillers,
hasn't had a hit in 17 years. He supports himself by teaching seminars at a
university, but his wife Myra's money provides most of the comforts he enjoys in
their suburban Connecticut home.
When he receives a script from
Clifford Anderson, a former student, the thriller reads like
a surefire hit. Although it is perfect as written, Sidney tells his wife that he
will offer to collaborate with the student, kill him if necessary, and present
the play as his own. Sidney's collection of grisly murder weapons are mementoes
from his past stage productions, but early in the action it appears that he is
quite ready to use them to carry out a real-life murder.
Once Clifford accepts Sidney's offer to
collaborate and share writing credit on the play, the game of suspense begins.
humor are the two main ingredients of Ira Levin's "Deathtrap". The
play was awarded an "Edgar" by the
Mystery Writers of America during
its long run on Broadway.
Levin is best known for his novels: Rosemary's Baby,
The Stepford Wives, and The Boys From Brazil. All of these novels,
as well as Deathtrap were turned into successful films.
View the DEATHTRAP
is the second production of Deathtrap at Carpenter Square Theatre. The
first production was during the 1987-88 season.