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    Kevin Dykstra

    Silver Spring Stage is holding auditions for Ira Levin’s classic thriller Deathtrap, directed by Roxanne Fournier Stone and produced by Alika Codispoti.

    Auditions will be held at Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD) Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17 from 7pm-10pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Thursday, July 19. All roles are open and unpaid.

    Casting 3 men, 2 women (breakdown below). Auditions will be cold readings from the script. , Sides will be provided at auditions. You will be asked to note your conflicts for the rehearsal process and run of the show.

    You may download the audition form here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx-f4kld-jLNX3VTbVdSdVJid2M/view) to print, fill out, and bring with you.

    Deathtrap will start rehearsals in July and continue through September. The show will run for 4 weekends from September 15 – October 7, 2017. Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm along with 2:00 pm matinees on three Sundays: September 17 and 24, and October 1. NOTE: There will not be a performance on Friday, September 29, in observance of the Yom Kippur holiday.

    Rehearsals will be 3-4 times a week on both weeknights and weekends, depending on cast availability. ** Any questions, please email us at Deathtrap@ssstage.org **

    Show Synopsis:
    Act I
    October 1978. Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, has had a series of box office flops and is having trouble writing. He is at home with his wife, Myra, reading a brilliant script from young aspiring playwright Clifford Anderson. Sidney lures him to his home that very evening under the guise of mentoring and collaborating with Clifford but, in the pre-digital age, schemes to steal his original manuscript and murder Clifford. To the horror of his wife, Sidney appears to choke the young man to death and drags him off to bury him.

    Psychic visitor Helga ten Dorp comes to the Bruhls’ home having had visions of terrible pain coming from the house, but she is only partially correct. Shortly after Helga leaves, Sidney and Myra are about to turn in when Clifford, covered in mud and blood, crashes into the room and apparently beats Sidney to death. Myra, shocked and terrified, collapses and dies, victim of a heart attack. Clifford confirms Myra’s death and exclaims to Sidney (very much alive) that their plan has been successful: the murders had been staged to shock and kill Myra.

    Act II
    Two weeks have elapsed; Clifford has moved in and is working on his manuscript, but Sidney continues to suffer from writer’s block. Porter Milgrim, Sidney’s attorney, throws suspicions on Clifford, and Sidney discovers that Clifford is writing a play called Deathtrap based directly on the plot to cause Myra’s heart attack. Sidney confronts Clifford, who threatens to write the play regardless. Sidney agrees to help Clifford write his play.
    Days later, Sidney tells Clifford he has completed writing the second act and wants to act out the scene, ostensibly to see if it will work. In a series of shocking double-crosses, both men are killed. Helga and Porter return to the Bruhl home and realize simultaneously that the story would make an excellent thriller … Deathtrap!

    Character Breakdown:
    Sidney Bruhl – male, 50s-60s. Successful playwright but hasn’t had a hit in 18 years.
    Myra Bruhl – female, 30s-40s. Sidney’s wealthy wife, charming but has a weak heart.
    Clifford Anderson – male, 20s-30s. Aspiring playwright and admirer of Sidney.
    Helga ten Dorp – female, 40s-60s. Eccentric eastern European neighbor who happens to be a psychic.
    Porter Milgrim – male, 50s-70s. Sidney’s attorney, loyal and suspicious.

    Note: Actors do not need to be the actual age of characters, and racial diversity is encouraged. The characters of Sidney and Clifford require significant hand-to-hand combat and physical strength. Myra will also require physical activity that may be demanding.

    If you have any questions, please email us at Deathtrap@ssstage.org.

    Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer community theatre.

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