Passion for Success and Notoriety
Holding the record for the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway, Deathtrap is the story of the world-famous thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl who is suffering from a chronic case of writer’s block. When one of his former students shows up at his doorstep with what might be the next Broadway hit, Sidney and his wife concoct a deadly plan to make the manuscript their own.
Deathtrap is filled with twists and turns in a series of shocking events that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last moment!
MEET THE CAST
(Helga Ten Dorp)
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
JASON HERRINGTON – Director
RJ CECOTT – Fight Choreographer
ERIC LUCHEN – Set Designer
CHERYL NEWMAN – Costume Designer
KURT OTTINGER – Lighting Designer
JIM HEATHERLY – Prop Designer
JEFF SAND – Technical Director
JJ O’CONNELL – Stage Manager
Scott Kelley (Sindey Bruhl)
is thrilled to appear on the BST stage once again, having appeared in 2016’s Spamalot as Patsy, and 2021’s Miracle on 34th Street, among others. Favorite past shows include Something Rotten! (Nick Bottom) with Rising Stars Theatre Co., Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer O’Hara) with Village Theater Guild, The Producers (Stormtrooper Tenor) with Wheaton Drama, and The Beard of Avon (William Shakespeare) with Big Noise Theater. Love to leading lady Staci, and his favorite production, Carson.
MARIANNE EMBREE (Myra Bruhl)
this is her third show with BrightSide Theater, and she is hoping the trend continues. Most recently she appeared in at BrightSide in Chess in Concert and as Tessitura in Gypsy. Regionally, she has appeared in Seussical, the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake) and Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn). In addition to professional work in Nashville, TN, she traveled the nation performing in shows such as Guys and Dolls (Sarah), The Secret Garden (Rose), City of Angels (Alaura) and Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake).
TYLER SZARABAJKA (Clifford Anderson)
is excited to return to the stage for the first time since Covid, and even more thrilled to make his professional debut in Deathtrap at BrightSide Theatre! He would like to thank his family and friends who have always supported him in the pursuit of his dreams, with a special thanks going out to Adam and Laura for all of their help, daily support, and love during this process.
LISA BRAATZ (Helga Ten Dorp)
is thrilled to be back performing with BST! She was seen previously as Cookie in Rumors and as the psychic in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. She has performed in hundreds of Murder Mysteries in the Chicagoland area with various companies. Lisa recently retired after 18 years performing in the one woman show Late Night Catechism where she was based in Chicago and toured throughout the country. Her other talents include teaching Tai Chi at College of DuPage, making stained glass windows and cross stitching.
JOHN ZIMMERMAN (Porter Milgrim)
is making his third appearance on the BrightSide Theatre stage after performing in The Odd Couple and Gypsy. John, who lives in Carol Stream, is a retired journalist and educator who spends his free time writing plays. His last drama, A Touch of Grey, debuted in Los Angeles in September.