Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, commences the second half its 2014-15 season with Ira Levin's murder mystery masterpiece, Deathtrap. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, now through March 16, 2014. Charles Fee, GLT's Producing Artistic Director, directs the production. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!

Deathtrap is Broadway's longest running comic thriller. When a once successful Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that's resulted in a string of flops and a shortage of funds, anxiety ensues. His fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script with blockbuster potential. Resolved to resurrect his collapsing career, the covetous playwright conceives of a treacherous trap to snare the script and take credit for its creation. Murderous machinations result, springing to a surprising conclusion that has left audiences breathless for decades.

For Great Lakes Theater, Deathtrap's director Charles Fee most recently directed critically acclaimed productions of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit (2013) and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (2012). Other GLT productions include The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2011), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2010), Twelfth Night (2009), The Comedy of Errors (2009), Macbeth (2008), All's Well That Ends Well (2008), Hamlet (2003), Hay Fever (2007), The Importance of Being Earnest(2004), Arms and the Man (2003)and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)(2004 & 2011). Fee holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002), Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which 45 plays have been shared since 2002.

Great Lakes Theater's award-winning home at the Hanna Theatre features a visionary"Great Room" inspired design that integrates the artist and audience experience into a single unified environment. Hanna patrons select from a variety of seating opportunities including traditional theater seats, club chairs, lounge/bar seats, banquette couches and private box seating. Arranged in an intimate 550-seat thrust configuration where the audience surrounds the stage, no seat is further than 12 rows from the performance.

Single performance tickets range in price from $15-$70 (Student tickets are $13) and are available by calling (216) 241-6000, by ordering online or by visiting the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office. Groups of ten or more receive discounts of up to 40% by calling (216) 241-5490 x302. Deathtrap is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

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Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Tom Ford (as playwright Sidney Bruhl) and Tracee Patterson (as his wife Myra Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Tom Ford (as playwright Sidney Bruhl) and Tracee Patterson (as his wife Myra Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Nick Steen (left, as the young writer Clifford Anderson) and Tom Ford (right, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Suspense builds when actors Nick Steen (front, as the young writer Clifford Anderson) and Tom Ford (behind, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Nick Steen (front, as the young writer Clifford Anderson) and Tom Ford (behind, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Lynn Allison (left, as psychic Helga Ten Dorp) and Tracee Patterson (right, Myra Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Tom Ford (as playwright Sidney Bruhl) and Tracee Patterson (as his wife Myra Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Nick Steen (right, as the young writer Clifford Anderson) and Tom Ford (left, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Aled Davies (left, as lawyer Porter Milgrim) and Nick Steen (right, as the young writer Clifford Anderson)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actors Tom Ford (right, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl) and Aled Davies (left, as Sidney's lawyer Porter Milgrim)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Suspense builds when actors Nick Steen (front, as the young writer Clifford Anderson) and Tom Ford (behind, as the seasoned playwright Sidney Bruhl) share a surprising moment

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's DEATHTRAP
Actor Lynn Allison (right, as psychic Helga Ten Dorp) shares her "vision" with and Aled Davies (left, as lawyer Porter Milgrim)

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