AUDITION NOTICE: Deathtrap
All parts are open; Must be age 18 or over. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue that shows theatrical range and be ready for cold readings. Please reach out to the Director, Justin Johnson for an audition time
BACKGROUND: Deathtrap by Ira Levin is essentially a play within a play. It began its Broadway run in 1978 at the Music Box Theater and holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
PLOT: Renowned playwright, Sidney Bruhl, is in a writers slump. To make his slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidneys writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwriting for Sidneys review and advice. Cliffords play, Deathtrap, is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, A gifted director couldnt even hurt it. Out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney cooks up an almost unthinkable scheme: Hell lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as his own. He shares this idea with his wife Myra, but even as she yearns for Sidney to be back on top, this may be one step too far. Once Clifford arrives, suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness. Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidneys observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.
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