Deathtrap

Deathtrap

November 13* – December 11,2010

A classic thriller written by the author of Rosemary’s Baby, Deathtrap is an exquisite blend of mystery, thrills and even humor. This gripping tale, told with icy skill, will amuse you, confuse you and hold you in its spell up to the final moment.

“Scream a little. It’s good for you.” Cue Magazine

*Preview Night: Friday, November 12, 2010
Opening Night: Saturday, November 13, 2010


Cast

Kevin Koppman-Gue (Clifford Anderson) CREDITS: Becky’s New Car (North Coast Rep); Speech and Debate, Moscow (Diversionary Theatre); Into the Woods (SDSU Theatre); Romeo, Romeo & Juliet (Vox Nova Theatre Company); The History Boys (Cygnet Theatre); How I Learned to Drive and Everything Will Be Different (Lynx Performance); The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre). STAGED READINGS: Relatively Speaking and Time of My Life (Cygnet Theatre); Rebels (Old Globe); Spring’s Awakening (AASD). Kevin has also performed with ion theatre company, 6th@Penn, Fritz Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, Sledgehammer and is a member of Cygnet Theatre’s Storytelling on the Green Troupe. Training: Currently an Undergraduate in Theatre Arts at SDSU.


Charles Maze (Porter Milgrim) is honored to make his debut with SRT. Theatrical credits include a national tour of Much Ado About Nothing (National Players). Favorite roles include Zach in A Chorus Line and Andrew in I Hate Hamlet, both performed in Maryland. Charles recently wrapped his first feature film and can be seen in local commercials. He currently trains at Robert Wald Actor’s Studio, and is grateful to Nanci Washburn at Artist Management and the wonderful team at ActorInsight.com.


M. Susan Peck (Helga ten Dorp) is very pleased to be returning to SRT where she played Miss Krumholtz in How To Succeed… (Aubrey Award). Other credits: The Glass Menagerie and The Average Joe (Point Loma Actors); Annie and My Fair Lady (Starlight); AsYou Like It and School for Scandal (Old Globe); Rhubarb…(Moxie); Shrew (Eveoke Dance Co.); Othello and Girl Bar (Patté Award) (Women’s Rep); Mary Poppins, Oliver and Cabaret (NH Showcase); The Lover, Old Times, House of Blue Leaves and Prometheus Bound (ARTE,Inc.); …and many more.


Eric Poppick (Sidney Bruhl) San Diego Theatre: Not Now, Darling at SRT. Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone at New Village Arts; The History Boys (Patte Award) at Cygnet Theatre; Morning’s at Seven (North Coast Rep); One for the Road at Lyceum Theatre. Elsewhere: Awake and Sing!, Scapino, Rhinoceros (Odyssey Theatre); Don’t Drink the Water (Glendale Center Theatre); Murder in the First (L.A. Theatre Works). Film and TV: Basic Instinct, Mouse Hunt, Single White Female, Hero (with Dustin Hoffman), Seinfeld, Columbo, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, General Hospital, The Young & The Restless. Eric has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MA in Directing from The State University of New York.


Natalie Sentz (Myra) launched her acting career at age 10 as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. She has since performed at theaters across the country, including La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Will Geer Theatricum, Oklahoma Theatre Centre, and Kern Shakespeare Festival. Local credits include Diary of Anne Frank (North Coast Rep); Hippolytus (6th@Penn); Henry Wants a Renaissance, (Playwright’s Project); Two Gentlemen of Verona (La Jolla Stage Company); Othello (Women’s Rep); Queen of Bingo, Show People, and Weekend Comedy (Broadway Theater). An award-winning director, Natalie was artistic director of Theatre El Dorado and directed Ravenscroft at SRT.


Production Staff

Jessica John (Director and Costume Designer) is making her directorial debut with Deathtrap. She is most recognized as an actress, receiving multiple San Diego Critic Circle Awards, San Diego Playbill Awards and a KPBS Patté Award for her work in such shows as Renaissance Theatre’s A View from the Bridge, Cygnet Theatre’s Burn This and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and New Village Arts’ The Playboy of the Western World. She was the founder and artistic director of Backyard Productions, which was honored for its co-productions of A Bright Room Called Day and A Lie of the Mind. She is a Cygnet Theatre Resident Artist and was named one of San Diego Magazine’s People to Watch in 2005.


Martin Astl (Production Manager) is pleased to continue his association with Scripps Ranch Theatre, having served as Production Manager for last season’s Not Now, Darling and this season’s Social Security. Martin is thrilled to play a part in enabling people to step away from electronic media to discover the richness found in live theatre. He also is looking forward to the upcoming season with San Diego Opera where he has been a supernumerary since 2008.

Tiffany Fontaine (Stage Manager) ) is a graduate of UCSD where she completed her BA in Theatre with a focus in Stage Management. Credits include: Kweskin Theatre in Stamford CT: Babes In Arms; Big The Musical; Run For Your Wife. UCSD: The Laramie Project; 1001; Obscura. Playwrights Project: Re-Drowning Ophelia. Moxie: Eurydice. TAFFE: Mozu (at Diversionary). Tiffany is pleased to be working with SRT for her first time.

Ted Crittenden (Set Designer and Set Construction Manager) This is Ted’s third design outing at Scripps Ranch Theatre, his first being The O’Connor Girls. In addition, he has managed the construction of previous SRT sets, including Chapter Two, I’m Not Rappaport and this season’s opener, Social Security. He recently designed Diversionary Theatre’s Speech and Debate, Coronado Playhouse’s Cinderella, and TAFFE Productions’ Mozu, also at Diversionary. His theatrical portfolio can be seen at www.tedcrittenden.com. Ted thanks his parents Alan and Diane for watching his three sons while he worked on this show.

Mitchell Simkovsky (Lighting Designer) is a veteran of many SRT productions, and also has designed lighting for many other San Diego theaters. This season Mitchell will be designing the lighting for four out of our five productions.

Jessica John (Costume Designer) See above.

Robert May (Sound Design) Sound design credits for SRT: Blithe Spirit; The Last Night of Ballyhoo. North Coast Repertory: The Rainmaker; The Last Five Years; Halpern and Johnson. Playwrights Project: The 2005 Plays by Young Playwrights. Renaissance Theatre: The Gingerbread Lady; Shirley Valentine. Also various productions at San Diego Junior Theatre. Robert is an SRT board member, serving as New Play Program Director and Associate Artistic Director. He directed last year’s highly successful I’m Not Rappaport and will be at the helm this season for Painting Churches and Rounding Third.

Josh Hyatt (Properties Design) Executive Producer: Man of La Mancha. Director: Come to Life; A Tuna Christmas; Hairdresser on Fire; Searching for Mr. Right; The Fantasticks; The World Goes Round; The Complete History of America; Complete Works of William Shakespeare; Born Yesterday Assassins. Stage Manager: The Crucible (Moxie Theatre); Moscow (Diversionary Theatre); Acts of Faith; Steel Magnolias; Don’t Dress for Dinner. Costume Designer and/or Props Master: Deathtrap; Zanna Don’t; The Lonesome West; Shopping and F***king; American Buffalo; Pirates of Penzance. Stage credits: MENding Monologues Searching for Mr. Right; Beyond Therapy; Twelve Angry Men; A Funny Thing…Forum; Sweeney Todd.

Keric Rivas (Stage Crew) Having been involved with theater productions during his high school days (he recalls being on the crew of a production of Blood Briothers), Keric has worked with SRT as a set construction volunteer, in addition to his current assignment. He is now attending Mesa College, and when not doing homework, set construction, or stage crew, he often can be found playing chess on weekends.

David Macy-Beckwith (Fight Choreographer) has choreographed mayhem for numerous productions over the years, including Hamlet, Tales of the Old West, The Outlaw Robin Hood, Summer and Smoke, and most recently New Village Arts’ As You Like It at Moonlight Amphitheatre. He has also appeared onstage in a variety of roles, including Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Warnie Lewis in Shadowlands. David holds a BA (Theatre) from Reed College, trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and has earned a Certificate with Recommendation from the Society of British Fight Directors.

Production Photos

Press

“The first thing that grabs your attention is the beautiful set designed and built by Ted Crittenden. Eric Poppick renders a convincingly cunning, dry Sydney and provides a solid hub for the rest of the cast to play off of. When Kevin Koppman-Gue appears as Clifford, we are immediately charmed by his youth and freshness. Kevin has a great deal of physical presence and is very compelling as Clifford. Psychic neighbor, Helga ten Dorp, is played to over the top perfection by M Susan Peck. This play is a satisfying mix of suspense, laughs, and thrills that keeps you guessing till the end. There is quite a bit of physical action in it as well, and the action uses the entire stage in a way that keeps the audience engaged even in places where the dialogue is minimal. To say more about the plot would give away too much of the story, which would be criminal. You just have to go see the play yourself. Call the theatre for tickets quickly – it is selling out fast, and with good reason.” – Kathleen Downs for Chuck Baker, San Diego Theatre Scene

“The production marks the directorial debut of Jessica John, a San Diego actress who manages to hit all the right notes of the production. The cast is uniformly strong. Eric Poppick plays Sydney Bruhl with a nice edge. Some of his best moments come in the character’s quieter moments, when Poppick conveys Sidney’s thoughts and inner workings with his expressions. Clifford Anderson is played by Kevin Koppman-Gue, who gives a great physical performance throughout the show. His character displays a plethora of contradicting emotions and actions during the course of the play, and Koppman-Gue does a good job of making all of them believable. The set, designed by Ted Crittenden — who was also the set construction manager — is impressive and intricate in its creation.” – José A. López, Pomerado News Group

“(Director Jessica) John’s pacing is snappy, her costumes – especially for Helga – a hoot. Ted Crittenden’s lodge-like set design looks comfortable and is perfect for all the business that transpires there. The cast is top-notch. Eric Poppick’s Sidney, quiet and matter-of-fact about his nefarious plan a good foil for Koppman-Gue’s wet-behind-the-ears-look Clifford, who may have a plan or two of his own. Peck’s Helga is a stitch, and adds great comic relief. Myra and Sidney’s attorney Porter Milgram (Charles Maze) are fine in the window dressing roles. ‘Deathtrap’ is a great ride. Buckle up and prepare for surprises.” – Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

“Deathtrap” is directed by first-timer Jessica John, a versatile performer who has shown a good touch for comedy at Cygnet Theatre and other local companies. She does well here at maintaining each scene’s internal logic and not hinting at head fakes to come, even as Levin throws in a couple of pretty implausible twists… The best surprises, though, make sly use of Ted Crittenden’s drawing-room set, decorated in gleefully macabre style with menacing weapons hanging from the walls… Poppick hits just the right note of cynical cunning as the scheming playwright, his envy never quite trumping his cold sense of strategy; and Koppman-Gue, a local actor on the rise, brings a savvy mix of gullibility and guile as the boy wonder Clifford. – James Hebert, Night & Day, San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Theatre Scene – November 21, 2010
San Diego Jewish World – November 18, 2010
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News – November 18, 2010
Pomerado News Group – November 17, 2010
San Diego Union Tribune – November 15, 2010