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Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30.  Sunday, 2:00 matinees are Oct. 13 and 20.  Tickets are $15.

The Grand Rapids Players invites you to Deathtrap, directed by Steve Jaeger, Oct. 11-20 at the Reif Center. Two acts, one set, five characters– a sharp thriller spun as a play-within-a-play, Ira Levin’s hit Deathtrap will surprise even the sharpest connoisseurs of murder mysteries.  Written by Ira Levin in 1978, this 2-act play is known as one of the biggest hits on Broadway, running for four years with almost 1800 performances.

Playwright Sidney Bruhl (John Peterson), once one of the brightest lights on Broadway has spent the past decade in the grip of the world’s worst case of writer’s block, and finds himself in the depths of despair — until he receives a package from his former student Clifford Anderson (Nate Pace). Inside is an unproduced script that’s better than anything Sidney has written in years. At the urging of his wife, Myra (Susie Mogan), Sidney undertakes a plan to lure Clifford to his country home and, through fair means or foul make that script his own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it’s clear that things are not what they seem.  Even Helga Ten Dorp (Marina Whight), the eccentric psychic/author from next door, and Porter Milgram(Greg Tuttle), Sidney’s observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception  lies.

Deathtrap was a 4-time Tony Award nominee for Best PlayFeatured ActorFeatured Actress, and Best Director.  With Deathtrap, playwright Levin received his second Edgar Award, for Best Play, as well.

Deathtrap is presented with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY.