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Footlight rings in new year with Broadway's longest running comedy thriller “Deathtrap”

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014

Left to Right: Linda Esposito (Helga ten Dorp), Jared Rice (Clifford Anderson), David Loar (Sidney Bruhl), Hal Truesdale (Porter Millgram), and Rhonda Kierpiec (Myra Bruhl). PHOTOS BY CHRISSY ODDI

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The Footlight Players, South Carolina’s longest-producing theatre company, will kick off 2014 with the comic-thriller, “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin. Jo Ellen Aspinwall directs one of Broadway’s greatest thrillers on stage Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m.

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. Cunningly clever and comically twisted, Deathtrap is a murder mystery masterpiece that is so wickedly good…it’s to die for. When a once successful Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that’s resulted in a string of flops and a shortage of funds, anxiety ensues. His fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script with blockbuster potential. Resolved to resurrect his collapsing career, the covetous playwright conceives of a treacherous trap to snare the script and take credit for its creation. Murderous machinations result, springing to a surprising conclusion that will leave audiences breathless.

Director Jo Ellen Aspinwall has been directing and designing shows in Charleston nonstop since moving here three years ago. Her very first show in town was on the Footlight stage and she is proud to be working in this historic theatre once again. Jo Ellen has an MFA in Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi and is co-founder and Artistic Director of Storytree Children’s Theatre. Deathtrap marks her tenth show in Charleston and her second collaboration with the Footlight team. The cast of Deathtrap includes Linda Esposito (Helga ten Dorp), Rhonda Kierpiec (Myra Bruhl), David Loar (Sidney Bruhl), Jared Rice (Clifford Anderson), and Hal Truesdale (Porter Millgram).

All performances will be held at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for military/seniors, and $15 for students and can be purchased online at www.FootlightPlayers.net or by calling (843) 722-4487.

Footlight Players is the longest continuously performing theatre company in the Southeast and has been producing performances since 1931. Presenting on average six Main Stage and two LateNight productions annually, Footlight Players is notably one of the leading community theatres in the South focused on providing quality entertainment for and by the community. For more information on Footlight Players, Inc. call (843) 722-7521 or visit www.footlightplayers.net.

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