Deathtrap – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Ira Levin

Brooks Chelesvig as Sidney Bruhl, Julie Benitez as Myra Bruhl, and Eric Winterhof  as Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap


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.

March 28, 29, 30 and April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; March 31 and April 2 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

Sidney Bruhl – Brooks Chelesvig
Myra Bruhl – Julie Benitez
Clifford Anderson – Eric Winterhof
Helga ten Dorp – Stacy Hansen
Porter Milgrim – C. Michael Pharaoh-Carlson

Production Team

Director – David P. Hirvela and Gregg Henry
Costume Designer – Doris Nash
Lighting Designer – George Dowker
Guest Scenic Designer – Thomas Bliese
Stage Manager – Mark Demarais
Assistant Stage Manager – Xenia Zeldin

Read about it in the Iowa State Daily and Ames Tribune.