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PHOTO PROVIDED Matthew Tyler stars as Sidney Bruhl in the Millbrook Playhouse production of “Deathtrap”, which premiered October 22.

MILL HALL – On October 22, Millbrook Playhouse will present the classic thriller “Death trap” by Ira Levin on the Ryan Main Stage.

“Death trap” follows the story of playwright Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, who struggles to overcome a drought that has resulted in a series of failures and a lack of funds.

A possible break in his fortune occurs when he receives a script from a seminary student he leads at a nearby college – a thriller Sidney immediately recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he hatches with the help of his wife, is to offer the student collaboration, an idea the young man quickly accepts.

After that, the suspense steadily rises as the plot begins to twist and turn with diabolical intelligence and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter that audiences will be enthralled until the play’s gripping final moments.

Written in 1978, “Death trap” holds the record for longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. It was an immediate success and was nominated that year for the Tony Award for “Best game.” Levin also wrote “Rosemary’s Baby” “The boys of Brazil”, and “The Women of Stepford.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the cast of “Deathtrap” are pictured. They are, from left, seated Miki Rebeck, Sean Gregory; standing, Matthew Tyler and Aubrey Potash.

Morgan Sills, the craftsman behind the successful Millbrook productions “Sexy laundry” “Wait until nightfall” “Steel magnolia trees”, and “Dial M for murder”, directs production. Starring Sidney Bruhl, Matthew Tyler makes his Millbrook debut, alongside fellow newcomer Sean Gregory as up-and-coming writer Clifford Anderson.

After her last appearance as Janet in “The Rocky Horror Show” Aubrey Potash will play Myra Bruhl, Sidney’s suspicious wife. Rounding out the cast is Miki Rebeck as Helga ten Dorp and Frank Franconeri (Millbrook’s “Scraps of popcorn” “Gas light”, “Kill a mockingbird”) like Porter Milgrim.

The production team includes set design by Tyler Schank, costume design by Mo Morehead, lighting and sound design by Tyler Linsley, prop design by VC Deener, and fight choreographer Danial Burke. The production is directed by Meg Rosenberg.

“Death trap” is appropriate for ages 17 and over and will be performed in two acts. Performances take place on October 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., and mornings are on October 24, 27 and 30 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are: $ 27.50 to $ 25 for adults, $ 23.50 to $ 21.25 for seniors / veterans tickets, $ 18.25 to $ 16.50 for students and 12 , $ 50 to $ 11.50 for young people. Discounts are available for the Budget Seating area as well as for weekend mornings and Wednesday evenings. You can purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083, online at, or by going to the box office any day of the week. The counters are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before the sessions.

Note: For the safety of our staff, customers and guests, all customers are required to wear masks in the building, regardless of their vaccination status, including when seated in the theater.

At this time, food and drink will not be permitted but can be enjoyed in the open-air courtyard before the show. If you are not comfortable with the seating arrangement in the theater, please let the staff know and they will relocate you to another location. Social distancing may be enforced and staff will take all possible precautions according to current CDC guidelines on the day of the event.

Currently, clients are not required to show proof of vaccination, but this policy is subject to change based on current guidance from the CDC or the PA Ministry of Health. Attending an event can increase your risk of contracting a disease such as COVID-19. As such, the Presence acknowledges this risk and an agreement to release Millbrook Playhouse from all liability should you or anyone in your party be diagnosed with illness.

Please do not attend the event if you are unwell or have recently been ill – if so, the staff encourage you to contact our ticket office to make alternate arrangements.

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