Deathtrap, by Ira Levin

Roycroft Pavilion Theater (Enclosed)
166 South Grove Street
(in Hamlin Park)
East Aurora, NY 14052

June 14, 2024
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Fri & Sat: 07:30 PM, Sun: 2:30 PM

(716) 687-6727

$18 – $20

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Professional actor on and off Broadway, Christine Estabrook, directs Deathtrap, the legendary thriller written by Ira Levin that has captivated audiences for decades with its twists and turns.

Aurora Players’ production of Deathtrap has the distinction of being directed by Christine Estabrook, an East Aurora native who performed on the Aurora Players stage as a youngster and went on to become a professional actor on Broadway as well as for TV and film.

Deathtrap is set in the cozy confines of a secluded writer’s studio, where Sidney Bruhl, a struggling playwright without a hit in 18 years, reviews a manuscript from one of his former students. Sidney and his wife believe it could be the hit he needs to revive his career if the young writer is willing to collaborate. But when Sidney invites him to his home to discuss the manuscript, the evening takes a sinister turn, with deadly consequences. Critics have praised Deathtrap as one of the greatest thrillers ever written, with one calling it “Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy.” The play has been performed in theaters around the world, including a successful Broadway run that earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.

After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale Drama School, Director Christine Estabrook starred in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, winning accolades and acting awards for her performances, including a coveted Obie Award for Pastorale. Ms. Estabrook spent the better part of 2007-2009 on Broadway in New York, performing in the Tony Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening. Audience members may remember her role as Mrs. Huber from Desperate Housewives. Other credits include Mad Men, American Horror Story, 9-1-1, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, and Designated Survivor, among many others. Ms. Estabrook will host audience talk-backs aft