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Stage East presents Deathtrap by Ira Levin

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EASTPORT, Maine — The Stage East Fall production of Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, opens Friday Oct. 21, at the Eastport Art Center.
Deathtrap premiered in 1978 and is the longest-running thriller in Broadway history receiving a Tony nomination for Best Play. This ingeniously constructed play combines thrills and laughs, twists and turns, to keep audiences guessing until the climatic end.

Lou Esposito directs the five-person cast. “I first saw this play in the late 70’s in Boston. I still remember literally jumping out of my seat. They say this play ‘infects everyone who touches it.’ I guess it took me 30 years to address the disease, tell this story and infect a new audience!”

Deathtrap tells the story of Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers who is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of flops and looming financial ruin. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a writing student which Sidney decides has the potential to be a big, profitable hit. Sidney offers to collaborate with the student, then plans to kill him and steal the script for his own.

Lou promises an evening of fun and laughter for his audiences and is very pleased with this cast. The play is anchored by veteran Brian Schuth who plays Sidney. Viv Blatt returns from her powerful Stage East debut in Doubt as Bruhl’s wife. Anthony Giard of Calais plays the writing student. Anthony has performed for Jay Skriletz in Calais and this will be his Stage East debut. Bernadette Maloney returns after a long stage absence as Helga, a neighbor who claims to be a psychic. Dr. David Simmons makes his stage debut as the Bruhl family attorney, Porter Milgrim.

The set presents a visual treat and is being built by Chris Grannis and Greg Blatt, featuring vintage weapons including guns, crossbows, handcuffs, maces, daggers and swords.

In Deathtrap playwright Ira Levin has taken the basic components of thrillers and horror stories; murder, deceit, innocent dialogue with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals, unexpected turns of events, and twisted and rearranged the pieces again and again. But even with the predictions of a nosey psychic, you won’t see what’s coming. The plot is like quicksilver – each time you think you have it, it slips through your fingers.

Deathtrap is appropriate for all ages. The play opens Friday Oct 21st at 7pm and will run 7pm Oct 22, 28 &29 and Oct 23 & 30th at 3pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and students are free. for more information and to reserve tickets call the Eastport Art Center 853.4650.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Eastport Art Center

Telephone Number: (207)853-4650

Website: http://www.stageeast.org/

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