Death, deceit and laughter are on the menu when Stage Coach Players continues its 2018 summer season this month with a production of “Deathtrap.”
The Tony Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning play written by Ira Levin will be directed by Sycamore native Maria L. P. Boynton. “Deathtrap” is a favorite comedy-thriller among theater-goers nationwide. Known for having more twists than a 4-inch screw, “Deathtrap” promises to keep audiences a bit nervous, a bit confused and completely at the edge of their seats.
“Deathtrap” incorporates the basic components of thrillers and horror stories: murder, deceit, innocent dialogue with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals and unexpected turns of events. Levin then twists and rearranges the pieces again and again like a puzzle you think you’ve solved until you find that the last piece just won’t fit.
The play opens as a struggling playwright, Sidney Bruhl, has just finished reading what could be the first draft of a brilliant Broadway play by written by Clifford Anderson, one of his students from a previous writing workshop. Sidney invites Clifford to his secluded home in New Hampshire to work on the script and to his wife’s dismay, Sidney crafts wicked plans to make the play his own.
Performances for “Deathtrap” will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 to 18 and Aug. 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26.
Tickets cost $15 for adults or $13 for seniors and children age 13 and younger.
To buy tickets, visit www.stagecoachers.com or call the Stage Coach box office at 815-758-1940.