March 28 – April 12, 2014

By Ira Levin

"If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP." —TIME Magazine

Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit—and just in time, a former student sends him the manuscript of his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney smells a hit—but Sidney has never been that fond of sharing credit.

It turns out the laughs are on them.

Two-thirds thriller and one-third devilishly clever comedy…Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It’s good for you.” —Cue Magazine

Important Dates

Monday–Thursday 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM
Saturday 2:00 PM

ASL-interpreted performance: Saturday, October 7th @ 2 PM


Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation




Creative Team

MAY ADRALES (Director) is a freelance theater director based in New York City. May has helmed several world premieres including JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); Katori Hall’sWhaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theater Festival); the musical In This House (Two River Theater Company); A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman Theatre); Tommy Smith’s The Wife(Access Theater) and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions)This past year, she has directed The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theater and the Wuzhen International Theater Festival in China); The Mountaintop  (Milwaukee Rep); Breath and Imagination (Cleveland Playhouse) and Chinglish (Portland Center Stage). She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep. She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. MFA, Yale School of Drama. May has directed and taught at Juilliard, ART, ACT, Fordham University, NYU and Bard College. May is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama. Thank you Karen for this opportunity. (

DAN ZIMMERMAN (Set Designer) designed sets for Romeo and Juliet and Noises Off, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Suicide Incorporated, Roundabout; I Call My Brothers, The Play Company;God of Carnage, Portland Stage Company; Cry Old Kingdom and The Delling Shore, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival; Henry IV, Part I, The Pearl Theatre Company; The Glass Menagerie, University of Rochester; WASPS, Studio 42; The Clearing, Theatre at St. Clements; Be a Good Little Widow, ArsNova; Seven Minutes in Heaven, Here; Baby Screams Miracle and Motel Cherry, Clubbed Thumb; The Steadfast, Slant Theatre Project; The Who’s Tommy, Revision Theatre; and many, many others.

BRENDA VAN DER WIEL (Costume Designer) is happy to be designing again for PTC. As costume shop manager for the University of Utah’s Theatre Department, Brenda has designed several dozen shows for the Babcock Theatre and the Classical Greek Theater Festival. Some favorites include designs for The TempestThe Merchant of Venice and Libation Bearers. Some favorite designs for PTC include EmmaRentThe ForeignerYou Can’t Take It With You andOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Favorite recent work for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival includes The Great GatsbyMacbethMerry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing. Brenda also frequently designs for Salt Lake Acting Company. Before moving to Salt Lake City, Brenda worked with Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

KARL E. HAAS (Lighting Designer) Mr. Haas’ first PTC design – for the 1985 production of Our Town – began a 29-year collaboration on productions that include Miss SaigonLes Misérables,West Side StoryOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,South PacificDeath of a SalesmanThe Hunchback of Notre Dame and the 2010 revival of Our Town. Regional theatre designs include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville – as Resident Designer, The Mark Taper Forum, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Portland Stage Company, George Street Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, and two memorable seasons at Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. New York credits include Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Julliard. Mr. Haas has been Lighting Supervisor/Designer for the Bolshoi Ballet/Opera, the Kirov Ballet, the Spanish National Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet. For 11 years, Mr. Haas served as Principal Designer with Gallegos Lighting Design, an architectural lighting design firm in Los Angeles, creating lighting for installations in the United States, Asia, and Europe – including LEGOLAND California and Germany, The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and Warner Bros, Movie World Madrid. Currently based in Hollywood, Karl is the Architectural Western Regional Manager for Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC, Inc.).

JOSHUA C. HIGHT (Sound Designer) A Graduate With Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Joshua comes to us with many years of experience in professional audio systems repair and design, and has established himself as an exceptional live sound engineer in both London and Salt Lake City. Joshua is looking forward to a successful first season working in theater design with PTC. His other projects of note include working with Sommerset House for the 2012 Olympic Games, Of Monsters and Men, Collective Soul, Fallout Boy, Slash, the Psychedelic Furs, Citizen Cope, the Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Kate Nash, Easton Corbin, Sevendust and many more.

AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 20 years. She has worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas as Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can be seen in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, andWig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film by Ruskai and Lowery. She attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where she studied with Hair and Makeup Designer Lenna Kaleva. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and a current University of Utah adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.

CHRISTOPHER DUVAL (Fight Choreographer) Chris returns to PTC on the heels of playing Don John in, and serving as fight choreographer for, Much Ado About Nothing. As an actor and fight director, his work has been seen for over 20 years at such theatres as South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Orange County, Sacramento Theatre Company, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage and thirteen seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he worked on over 30 productions including OthelloComedy of ErrorsHenry VTwelfth NightHenry VIHamletThe Winter’s Tale, and many others. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Senior Instructor with Dueling Arts International, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido. MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.



Study Guide

Content Advisory

Hello Dolly!

SYNOPSIS: Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler –but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Dolly Levi is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for musical theatre.

LANGUAGE:  A few mild uses of  “damn.”

SMOKING AND DRINKING:  The characters sing of smoking although none is depicted, and wine and champagne are consumed during dinners.

SEX:  None.


FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?  Hello, Dolly! is suitable for all ages.


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