A classic among murder mysteries, DEATHTRAP abounds with plot twists and turns. Suffering from a string of flops, playwright Sidney Bruhl is prepared to go to any length to improve his fortunes. He develops a mentoring relationship with the young and handsome playwright Clifford Anderson, who is every bit as lethally ambitious as Sidney. The two make a deadly combination.
Playing the role of Sidney Bruhl is Jim Ray. Ray has performed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Ashtabula Arts Center, Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild, The Fine Arts Association and Rabbit Run Theater.
Clifford Anderson is portrayed by Josh Dean who appeared as Luther Billis in Rabbit Run’s 2014 production of South Pacific and has performed in other area theaters as well. While live theater is a passion, Dean has also appeared on film as an actor and stunt performer with Stunt Predators, USA.
Bruhl’s wife, Myra is played by Kimberly Carabotta. Originally from Savannah, GA, Carabotta worked as a radio DJ and later as a VJ for a local ABC affiliate in the Savannah area before moving to Ohio. She has performed on stage at the Ashtabula Arts Center, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Chagrin Valley Little Theater and The Fine Arts Association.
Rounding out the five-member cast is Sandy Kosovich Peck as clairvoyant Helga ten Dorp and Carl Simoncic as Bruhl’s lawyer and friend, Porter Milgrim.
DEATHTRAP is directed by Robert Gibb. He has directed and performed at many Cleveland area theaters and has appeared in the regional premiers of Rags, Falsettos, Chess, Assassins, Tommy, and A New Brain. For the past several years he has been focusing on cabaret performances produced at Playhouse Square. He wrote The Lush Life, his “drinking” cabaret act, and performed it at Kennedy’s at Playhouse Square and Cain Park Alma Theater.
“I wanted to direct DEATHTRAP because it is like a brilliantly-constructed, jeweled puzzle box”, says Gibb. “The challenge is to make all the tricky puzzle pieces fit together perfectly. Deathtrap is a richly detailed and intricately plotted thriller. I constantly remind the cast it’s also a comedy! If they have fun, the audience will, too. It’s funny, clever, shocking and a little scandalous.”
“I’ve told the actors they are taking the audience on a theatrical rollercoaster. Their challenge is to make every performance a thrilling ride. When you work with great material, like DEATHTRAP, and have amazing actors, like mine, you can’t go wrong.”
This summer season marks the 35th anniversary of Rabbit Run Theater since it reopened in 1980.
DEATHTRAP opens Friday, May 29, and runs through Saturday, June 13. Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org. Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.
Karen Ziegler, Director of Marketing
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH 44057