Westmoreland Players to bring terror and laughs to the stage in ‘Deathtrap’

Charles Breakwell, John Pitman and Laurie Breakwell rehearse a scene from “Deathtrap,” playing at the Westmoreland Players Theatre November 4-20.

Halloween will be over on October 31, but the thrills and chills will continue with the Westmoreland Players’ production of Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap.”

The play will open November 4 for a three-weekend run at The Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao.

“We are delighted to present Deathtrap as the opening production of our 2022-23 season,” said director Dan Beckhard. “Every time we have polled our audiences, they have told us they love mysteries and thrillers. Deathtrap is a delectable blend of horror and humor, and it’s a perfect complement to the other plays on our 2022-2023 schedule.”

Deathtrap holds the record as the longest running comedy-thriller in Broadway history, and has been delighting audiences around the world for over 40 years. It’s the story of Sidney Bruhl, a washed-up playwright who has been living off his wife’s money.

Sidney receives a sure-fire hit script in the mail from a former student, Clifford Anderson, and immediately begins ruminating about killing Clifford and passing the play off as his own. When Clifford visits the Bruhl home later that evening to discuss collaborating with Sidney on the play, things get sticky. Sidney’s plans are disrupted when his neighbor, the Dutch psychic and minor celebrity Helga ten Dorp, arrives without warning to announce that she senses great danger and mortal pain in the Bruhl cottage.

John Pitman, who has starred in numerous Westmoreland Players productions, plays the scheming playwright Sidney. Clifford is played by Northern Neck newcomer Charles Breakwell and Debbie Evans plays Myra Bruhl, the supportive wife with a heart condition.

Helga is portrayed by veteran comedienne Laurie Breakwell and Michael Snider rounds out the cast as Porter Milgrim, the laconic Bruhl family lawyer with a dirty little secret of his own.

Admission is by season ticket, or $35 adults and $25 students, for opening night including pre-curtain gala activities. Season ticket holders may attend the gala activities for $10. Single performance tickets for the remaining shows are $25 adults and $15 students; except November 18, $20 and $10.

For tickets, call the Westmoreland Players Box Office at 529-9345, or visit WestmorelandPlayers.org/tickets.

Deathtrap contains mature themes and simulated violence, including gunfire.