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Plot Twists, Murder, and Deceit Abound in Davidson Community Players’ “Deathtrap”

by | Sep 4, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Davidson Community Players

From left to right: Tim Hager as Sidney, Mike McGarr as Clifford, and Emily Klingman as Myra

Davidson Community Players will present Deathtrap, a comedy-thriller centering around a frustrated playwright with a serious case of writer’s block, September 27-October 14. The production will take place at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson and is directed by Stuart Jonap. Fornges Financial in Huntersville is the presenting sponsor for the show.

Seemingly at ease in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, struggles to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential commercial hit. Sidney offers to mentor the student but connives to steal the script. Suspense steadily mounts that will enthrall audiences until the play’s startling final moments.

Deathtrap was written by Ira Levin in 1978, and it holds the record for being the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. It was adapted into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine in 1982.

“There’s a reason that this show ran for a record five years on Broadway, says Director Stuart Jonap. “It’s full of twists and turns and there is a surprise around every corner. Deathtrap offers everything you would expect in a thriller.”

Davidson Community Players is a non-profit organization established in 1965 to produce theatre that entertains, enriches and encourages community participation in the dramatic arts. They have served the Lake Norman region for over fifty years with high quality and award winning entertainment. They are supported throughout the season by Arts and Science Council, The McIntosh Law Firm, Davidson Wealth Management, and Randy Marion Cadillac.

Show Facts:
Deathtrap, Written by Ira Levin
• Directed by Stuart Jonap

• Dates:
o Sept. 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8pm
o Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14 2pm
• Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson
• Tickets start at: Adults $20 Seniors $18 Students $12
• Tickets available at Box Office: 704-892-7953 and
• Presenting Sponsor: Fornges Financial

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