Deathtrap

October 5-21

Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm / Sun @ 2pm

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling 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 a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.  DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment.

One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment.

“It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own. If you like thrillers, do see it. I promise you that it is vintage.” —NY Post.

“The intricately fashioned plot contortions brought gasps, the comedy lines drew delighted chortles…” —The Hollywood Reporter.

“Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy…Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It’s good for you.” —Cue Magazine.

“If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP.” —Time Magazine.

Kenny Bordieri (Clifford Anderson)  “Kenny is thrilled to join the fantastic cast of Deathtrap for his first foray onto the Brooks Theatre stage here I beautiful Oceanside! Kenny is a San Diego based actor, with classical training from both PCPA and Utah State University. You may have previously seen him in For Better at Scripps Ranch Theatre. If you enjoy the performance tonight, be sure to check out Kennybordieri.com to see more! Kenny would like to dedicate this performance to his Grandfather, who always supported him and his art.”

Heidi Bridges (Myra Bruhl)  Selected stage and film credits include: Sense and Sensibility (413 Project); For Better (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Good People (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Dinner With Friends (Carlsbad Play Readers);Anne of Green Gables (413 Project);Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean… (Broadway Vista);  Pride and Prejudice (413 Project); Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (Oceanside Theatre Co.); Medea (Horton Grand Theatre). Film: And Yet They Speak, The StoreSeries, Friday Afternoon, To Fall in Love with Anyone Do This,Thank God for Jelly, Three Weddings, As She Fades, Girls Day. Love and gratitude to my family for their support!

Li-Anne Rowswell (Helga Ten Dorp)  Li-Anne is quite happy to be debuting at OTC in this thrilling play!   You may have seen her with Broadway Vista as Mary in WOMEN IN JEOPARDY and Nurse Preen, on the Welk Stage in MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and down at Ion in CABARET as Fraulein Schneider, Scripps Ranch Theater as Cassandra in VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Mrs. McAndrews– Cygnet’s SONS OF THE PROPHET.  Lou – New Village Arts in 1940’S RADIO HOUR, Clara in THE MAGIC FIRE and Agatha in BLITHE SPIRITS, – Moonlight at the AVO. (Agatha, Cassandra and now Helga –-Psychics seem to be a specialty) Li-Anne is a proud member of Storytellers of San Diego and of the Actors’ Alliance of San Diego.

Tanner Vidos (Porter Milgram) Tanner is thrilled to telling the story of DEATHTRAP to the people of Oceanside, California. This is his debut at the Oceanside Theatre Company. Tanner has worked with companies such as: Theatre Royale (Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Les Miserables), New Village Arts (Lord of the FliesMuch Ado About Nothing), SDMT (Ragtime), Welk Resort (The Music Man), Barnstage Co. (The Secret GardenChess), and Mira Costa (Oklahoma!).

Tim West (Sydney Bruhl) is making his OTC debut. Recent credits include Kris Kringle MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET with San Diego Musical Theatre; Francis in AIRLINE HIGHWAY, Max in KIN and Mayor Schubert in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT with Ion; Geronte in THE LIAR and Andrew Wycke in SLEUTH at SRT, and Mr. Cheswick in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at New Village Arts. Across 30 years, Tim’s favorite roles are Bernard Nightengale in ARCADIA at NCRT (Associate Artist) Agamemnon /Apollo in FURIOUS BLOOD at Sledgehammer (Resident Artist) and Gloucester in KING LEAR at the Fritz (Assoc Artsitic Director) Tim serves as Director of Community Engagement for Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist) where he played in award-winning ensembles for THE LITTLE FOXES and COMMUNICATING DOORS, and as Clarence the Angel in the long-running holiday show, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. DEATHTRAP is the story that introduced him to ‘spoilers.’

Justin Lang (Director) is an actor, director, and teacher. He was recently seen in Moxie Theatre’s production of VOYEURS DE VENUS as George Couvier and James Bradsford. Acting credits; OF MICE AND MEN at NCRT, DANGEROUS LIASIONS at SDRep, PEERLESS at Moxie, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE WATSON INTELLEGENCE at Moxie. Directing credits: LORD OF THE FLIES at New Village Arts, COMPLETE WORKS ABRIDGED at Schulman Auditorium, COMEDY OF ERRORS at New Village Arts. Justin is a teacher and director with San Diego Junior Theatre.  He hopes you enjoy the show!

Patricia Moran Collins (Stage Manager)  A recent transplant to the San Diego area, she is thrilled to be a part of Oceanside Theatre Company’s DEATHTRAP production team. Local directing credits: Big Night of Little Plays (Moxie Theatre & SDSU), Breaking Waves (San Diego Fringe Festival), Caregivers Anonymous (Playwrights Project).  Non-directing credits include properties designer for Legally Blonde (New Village Arts) and dramaturg for The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Moxie Theatre). She received her B.A. in Voice/Drama from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and M.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patricia trained at The Second City under the expert guidance of Stephen Colbert & Avery Schreiber. She also taught Speech/Theatre at Concordia University.

Zachary Elliott (Scenic Design / Props)  graduated from Mira Costa College with an Associate’s Degree in Technical Theatre and is currently on staff as the Department’s paint charge artist as well as designing show for their stage and other theatres in the area.  He has been involved with several shows at OTC and most recently did the artwork and scenic painting for OTC’s critically-acclaimed production of RED.

Jordan Spiva (Set construction)  got his start in theater acting in Merced High School’s improv comedy productions during his Junior and Senior years. For their musical theater productions he was the behind-the-scenes set builder working on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Jordan lives in Tierrasanta with his wife, Sara, and their 3 1/2 year-old son, Owen and 21 month-old daughter, Sylvie.

Renetta Lloyd (Costume Design)  Renetta is happy to be back costuming at OTC. Other theatre costuming credits include shows at Moonlight Amphitheater, Mira Costa College, North Coast Rep and several others in the North County area. When not working on a production, she is often bust with other sewing projects for commission, or just for fun! Thanks to her mother for teaching her to sew, and to her husband and kids for supporting her creativity. Enjoy the show!

Matt Novotny (Lighting Design)  is the Lighting Designer in Residence for North Coast Rep, and you can see his work at Palomar College, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego Junior Theatre, among others. Matthew has a wife, four (soon to be five) kids, and heaven knows where he still finds the time to do theatre!

Anthony O’Donnell (Asst. Stage Manager)  

Emily Sperling (Special Props Asst – weaponry)  Emily enjoys pointy things and showing people how to use them. It is always a unique challenge to translate fight techniques into artistic but believable movement. But such is life, balancing perspective with action. Although balancing in general can be ridiculously hard.

Violet Ceja (Sound Design) recently graduated from MiraCosta College where she earned her degree in Design and Technology as well as Recording Arts Production. She is very excited to be working at Sunshine Brooks Theatre for the first time. Her recent sound design credits include: Outside Mullingar, Season of Love (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Madagascar, James and the Giant Peach (Moonlight Youth); Heaven Can Wait, and Waiting for Lefty (MiraCosta).