Thursday May 16, 2013

DUMMERSTON -- The Vermont Theatre Company presents the comic thriller "Deathtrap," from May 17-26, at the Evening Star Grange.

"Deathtrap," Broadway’s longest running comic thriller, was written by playwright and author Ira Levin, best known for films based on his novels "Rosemary’s Baby," "The Stepford Wives" and "The Boys from Brazil."

"Deathtrap" tells the story of a famous writer of comic thrillers who tries to break out of a career slump by taking a former student’s manuscript and calling it his own. His diabolical plan for him and his wife to murder the author and steal the script takes many unexpected twists and turns and along the way poses important philosophical questions such as, "What’s the point of owning a mace if you don’t use it once in a while?"

If a fatal dose of murder, mystery and sardonic comedy will cure what ails you, then VTC’s production of "Deathtrap" is just what you need.

Ben Stockman is the director, and the cast features Jonny Mack, Beverly Miller, Elias Burgess, Nancy Groff, and Francis Hauert. Clark Glennon is the stage manager, Jay Gelter the set designer, Rebecka Marchese the costumer, Jerry Stockman, lighting design, Kate Milliken set decorator, and Tracy Compana is props manager.

Performances are May 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Sundays, May 19 and 26, at 3 p.m. All performances are at the Evening Star Grange.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the VTC box office at 802-258-1344 or emailing vtcreservations@gmail.com.

Vermont Theatre Company is a non-profit community theater company based in Brattleboro. VTC is dedicated to providing area audiences with the highest quality live performances as resources permit and to actively encourage new people to join its efforts by always holding open auditions for all productions.