by Fredericksburg Theater Company

Aug. 01 - Aug. 02 (2020)

Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it?

Deathtrap provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness, and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that leaves audiences spellbound until the very last moment 


Auditions for FTC’s Fall Mystery Deathtrap will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 1st & 2nd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg.  FTC will comply with social distancing guidelines during the auditions. Auditions will be held by reading scenes from the script.  Scripts will be available to be checked out from the FTC Box Office starting Monday, July 13th.

If you have any questions, you can email the theater office at with the subject line “Deathtrap Auditions”.



Rehearsals are typically Monday through Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Rehearsals will begin on September 7th.  A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be available once the show is cast. 

October 5 -8 are Technical/Dress Rehearsals. For the success of the production, attendance at these rehearsals and at all performances is mandatory for the entire cast and crew.


October 9th through the 25th, Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m.  Sundays at 2:00 p.m.


The show is written for five (3 men, 2 women). 

Sidney Bruhl - "An impressive and well-tended man in his 50's." A succesful writer of Broadway thrillers. 

Myra Bruhl - Sidney's wife, "a self-effacing woman in her 40's." 

Clifford Anderson - An aspiring young playwright, an attractive man in his mid-20's, free of obvious defects. 

Helga ten Dorp - A psychic medium with some national celebrity, "a stocky strong-jawed Teutonic woman in her early 50's."

Porter Milgrim - Sidney's lawyer, "a man of substance in his mid-50's"