This weekend, Albuquerque Little Theater presents its latest production, “Deathtrap,” by Ira Levin.
The play is directed by Henry Avery, with sets and costumes by Nick Fleming and Kaylee Silcocks-Gore, and props and sound by Lando Ruiz.
“I did this piece when it first opened, back in the 80s, and I’m glad I got to do it,” Avery said. “It’s set in 1978 New England, so we’re playing it on the date it was originally set, because a lot of the references are appropriate for that era.”
“Deathtrap” follows Sidney Bruhl, who is a successful Broadway thriller writer as he lives lavishly in his Connecticut home and struggles to overcome writer’s block that has led to a series of failures and a shortage of funds.
A possible break occurs when he receives a script from a student at a nearby college, a thriller that Sidney immediately recognizes as a potential hit on Broadway.
Avery said the play had multiple twists of “evil intelligence”.
“I love everything and I really think it’s a really smart script because it’s full of surprises,” Avery said. “I think that’s kind of one of the exciting things about doing is knowing that you’re going to take an audience on a real roller coaster because you think you’re going in one direction and something happens. goes differently.”
The plays star Dehron Foster and Fawn Hanson as Sidney and Myra Bruhl, Josh Johnson as Clifford Anderson, Ceptembre Anthony-Tedesco as Helga ten Dorp, and Jeff Mocho as Porter Milgrim.
“There are only five actors in the entire show and only a few of them actually use the instruments, so it just focuses on those rehearsals,” Avery said.
Unlike most plays, “Deathtrap” has more than enough guns for the audience.
“So there’s a lot of everything from crossbows to daggers to axes, so of course security issues are important for us to have a combat coordinator for the play,” Avery said. “He works with us to make sure all the action stuff we do is safe.”
But the added factor to this is just the safety of using all the weapons and collecting the weapons to use.
Avery said that with the use of weapons in the piece, the rehearsal process was interesting.
“Well, we started using fake stuff, but we only use stuff that you might feel comfortable with just for the rehearsal process,” Avery said.
“Until you get used to using them and then you start introducing more precise instruments like, guns won’t fire, they’re totally safe and a lot of the shots are sound effects and don’t happen really.”
The Little Albuquerque Theater warns that the production of “Deathtrap” uses strobe lights and other intense lighting effects that can affect those with photosensitivity crisis issues. The production also uses the sound of gunshots.