Death Trap

May 4–19, 2018

Valley Center Stage

Death Trap:  A Thriller in Two Acts by Ira Levin

Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. He needs to solve this shortage of funds quickly so he devises a clever plan with his wife’s help, inviting an eager former student to his home after reading the student’s well-crafted play. The student accepts readily. And, thus, the suspense begins mounting steadily with devilish cleverness, twisting and churning to the bitter end. Described as a comedy-thriller and a play within a play, it will bring you bouncing along to the startling and shocking conclusion.

Directed by Alan Wilke. His most recent directing credits at VCS include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.

“It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own. If you like thrillers, do see it. I promise you that it is vintage." — NY Post

"The intricately fashioned plot contortions brought gasps, the comedy lines drew delighted chortles…" — The Hollywood Reporter

"Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy… Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It's good for you." — Cue Magazine

"If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP." — Time Magazine

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