Thursday January 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Theatre Company announces auditions for Ira Levin’s comic thriller "Deathtrap," on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon, and Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., in the Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium. Enter through the front doors of the auditorium.

Actors will be given a short time to prepare readings of scenes from the play. A copy of the play will be available at the Brooks Memorial Library for perusal. If you would like to audition but are unavailable on the previously mentioned dates or have any other questions, e-mail deathtrapvtc@gmail.com.

From playwright and author Ira Levin, best known for the films based on his novels "Rosemary’s Baby" and "The Stepford Wives," "Deathtrap" follows the story of Sidney Bruhl, a playwright specializing in comic thrillers.

Though formerly lauded, Bruhl is stuck in a career slump; he hasn’t written a hit play in years, and his creative well is running dry. Out of the blue, he receives a manuscript from Clifford Anderson, a former student of his. Anderson’s play, "Deathtrap," is a comic thriller sure to be a hit, and Bruhl begins to hatch a diabolical plot to steal the work for himself. Set entirely in the living area of Bruhl’s home, Ira Levin’s 1978 Broadway smash is by turns wickedly funny and chillingly surreal.

VTC’s production runs May 17-19 and 23-26.

Roles available include:

* Sidney Bruhl, male, early 50s to mid-60s. Cynical and cunning, with a unique sense of humor.

* Myra Bruhl, female, mid-40s to late 50s. Sidney’s wife, meek and anxious, but willing to assist Sidney by any means.

* Clifford Anderson, male, early 20s to mid-30s. Intelligent, handsome, perceptive and a promising writer.

* Helga ten Dorp, female, late 50s to 70. The Bruhls’ new neighbor, a world-famous psychic.

* Porter Milgrim, male, mid-40s to 60. The Bruhls’ lawyer.

Director is Ben Stockman.