RIC Theatre’s 'Deathtrap' set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3

The RIC Mainstage Theatre production of "Deathtrap" will be staged from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The play’s director, Jamie Taylor, describes "Deathtrap" as “an amazing thriller with interesting characters and exciting twists and turns.”

The plot concerns a writer of thrillers who, after a run of success is in a down period, and attempts to resuscitate his career in a devious – and murderous – way, with laughs and surprises ensuing.

“We haven’t done a murder mystery here in years, and I believe our theatre patrons will enjoy it,” said Taylor, who is a RIC professor of theatre.

Taylor noted that the major challenge of putting on "Deathtrap" is dealing with the murders that happen on stage and making them believable for the audience. “If you’re not careful, they could come off cheesy or campy, but the actors are doing a great job making the murders convincing,” he said.

The five-person cast is “strong, talented and dedicated,” according to Taylor. “It’s magical watching the actors grow and become the parts,” he added.

Winner of several Tony Awards when it debuted in 1978, "Deathtrap" first made its mark as a long-running Broadway show written by Ira Levin, who also authored the plays "No Time for Sergeants" and "Veronica’s Room" as well as the novels "Rosemary’s Baby," "The Stepford Wives" and "The Boys from Brazil."

The 1982 film version of "Deathtrap" starred Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyan Cannon, and was directed by Sidney Lumet.

General admission is $15. Performance times are Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or online at www.ric.edu/pfa.