Vermont Theatre Company Presents “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin
Vermont Theatre Company presents comic thriller “Deathtrap,” May 17-26, at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston.
“Deathtrap,” 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,” is Broadway’s longest running comic thriller.
“Deathtrap” is the story of a famous writer of comic thrillers who tries to break out of a career slump by taking the manuscript of a former student of his 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 along the way and poses several important philosophical questions such as, “What’s the point of owning a mace if you don’t use it once in a while?”
If you think a fatal dose of murder, mystery, and sardonic comedy will cure what ails you, then VTC's production of Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," is just what you need.
Ben Stockman is the director, and featured in the cast are 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.
Show dates are May 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30, and three o'clock Sunday matinees on May 19 & 26. All performances are at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston. For directions to the Grange, click here.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the VTC
Green Room Connections Workshop
Building on the success of January's first ever "Green Room Connection" at The Marina, Vermont Theatre Company invites you to "Green Room Connection Workshops" on Saturday, March 23, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston.
This time, in addition to the informal conviviality and merriment of networking of the first "Connection" event, we will offer an Audition Workshop, a Theater Games Workshop, and a potluck supper. Vermont Theatre Company is offering the event free of charge. A good time will be had by all!
The Audition Workshop, from 3:00 to 5:00, is for "green" actors who want to learn the basics of auditioning as well as for veterans who want to hone their skills. Josh Moyse, Adrienne Major, and Ben Stockman will lead the participants through the processes of working with monologues and doing "cold" readings. Participants should bring a prepared/memorized monologue.
The potluck dinner is at 5:00, followed by the Theater Games Workshop until 8:00. The leadership of the Games will be passed around, round-robin style, to anyone who would like to lead something. Jane Baker, Emma Bliss, Ben Stockman, Amelia Struthers, and Robin Zegge will be starting us off.
In addition to participating in an afternoon and evening of conviviality and merriment, participants will make new friends who share their love of theater, gain new insights about acting and about themselves as actors, and will leave with a monologue ready to use for auditioning and new confidence and skills to approach a "cold read" audition.
Join us on March 23 at the Dummerston Grange for "The Green Room Connection Workshops." It's a time for all local theater companies, actors, directors, writers, tech people, stage managers, crew, critics, enthusiastic audience members, and curious community members to join us to talk about and learn how to do theater.
VTC will provide some snacks during the afternoon, dinner is potluck, and volunteers from the Grange will be selling sodas and baked goods in the afternoon and evening.
Although there is no fee, we will be accepting donations to help defray the cost of renting the space. Thank you in advance.
Please share this invitation with anyone you know who might like to join in. This will be a marvelous opportunity for all "theater people" to get together, meet each other, and for us all to share our passion-theater!
If you plan to come (and we hope you will), please call our reservation line so we can have an idea of the numbers, 802-258-1344, or RSVP via email to vtcreservations @ gmail.com. Thanks!
For directions to Dummerston's Evening Star Grange, click on the "Directions" button, above.
Auditions for Twelfth Night
The Vermont Theatre Company announces auditions for their 24th annual
Shakespeare-in-the-Park production, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth
Night”, to be directed by Bob Kramsky and performed at Brattleboro’s
Living Memorial Park the last weekend in June. Auditions will be held in
the Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium at 7pm on Monday, March 4.
Interested actors should arrive with a prepared comic Shakespearean
monologue and enter through the auditorium doors. Anyone unable to attend
this audition date may contact the director at 802-254-4636 to arrange for
another audition appointment.
Available roles include: Orsino: Duke of Illyria, a romantic, poetic soul,
obsessed with gaining the love of Lady Olivia, unaware that he himself has
a secret admirer; Viola: secret admirer of Orsino, disguised as a man
named Cesario; Lady Olivia: Countess of high social standing and great
beauty, in love with “Cesario”; Sebastian: Viola’s twin brother; Antonio:
sea captain friend of Sebastian; Sir Toby Belch: Olivia’s uncle, full of
mischief, fun, and “drink”; Sir Andrew Aguecheek: drinking partner of Sir
Toby, a simple innocent; Malvolio: Lady Olivia’s intense and puritanical
steward, sees himself in a grandiose light, imaging Olivia to love him and
wishing to be more than his current rank; Maria: Olivia’s lady-in-waiting,
in love with Sir Toby; Feste: the “clown” servant to Olivia, a wise “fool”
(must sing and play guitar); Fabian: servant to Lady Olivia; Valentine:
gentleman attending the Duke; Curio: gentleman attending the Duke.
Vermont Theatre Company Announces Auditions For Deathtrap
The Vermont Theatre Company announces auditions for Ira Levin's comic thriller Deathtrap, on Saturday, February 2 at Noon and Monday, February 4 at 7:00 in the Brattleboro Union High School Auditorium. Enter through the front doors of the Auditorium. Actors will be given a short time to prepare warm 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, email
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 and his wife's home, Ira Levin's 1978 Broadway smash is by turns wickedly funny and chillingly surreal - certain to keep audiences on the edges of their seats. VTC's production goes up May 17-19 and 23-26, 2013.
Sidney Bruhl, M, early 50s to mid-60s. Cynical and cunning, with a unique sense of humor.
Myra Bruhl, F, mid-40s to late 50s. Sidney's wife, meek and anxious, but willing to assist Sidney by any means.
Clifford Anderson, M, early 20s to mid-30s. Intelligent, handsome, perceptive, and quite the promising writer.
Helga ten Dorp, F, late 50s to 70. The Bruhls' new neighbor, a world-famous psychic.
Porter Milgrim, M, mid-40s to 60. The Bruhls' lawyer.