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)

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)

Renetta Lloyd (Costume Design)

Matt Novotny (Lighting Design)

Anthony O’Donnell (Asst. Stage Manager)  

Emily Sperling (Special Props Asst – weaponry)

Ted Leib (Producer / Sound Design)