Suffield Players to perform murder mystery

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
Larry Chiz as Porter Milgrim advises Sidney Bruhl about his transgressions. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Larry Chiz as Porter Milgrim advises Sidney Bruhl about his transgressions. Photos by Colin Rajala.

Nothing keeps you on the edge of your seat through an entire performance quite like a murder mystery, and the Suffield Players intend to do just that as they bring the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway to the small, intimate Mapleton Hall. The Suffield Players are concluding their 60th anniversary as a group with "Deathtrap," by Ira Levin, a play within a play with no shortage of plot twists and unforeseen developments.

“With all of the renovations that we’ve done and having the cast come in and doing something like this show, which is kind of a classic of its own, does make this anniversary special,” said Robert Lunde, play director and Suffield Players president. “We have a history of doing mysteries here, so this is a great show to celebrate that part of what we do.”

The play will run at the Mapleton Hall at 1305 Mapleton Ave., on Feb. 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23, at 8 p.m. except for Feb. 17, when the curtain will be at 2 p.m. For the opening night, tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors 62+ and students; all other nights’ tickets will be $17 and $15, respectively.

The two-act thriller revolves around five characters, the main ones being an older playwright, Sidney Bruhl, played by Christopher Berrien; his wife, Myra, played by Anna Marie Johansen; and a younger playwright, Clifford Anderson, played by Steve Wadzy. The show also features Mary Fernandez-Sierra as Helga ten Dorp and Larry Chiz as Porter Milgrim. The stage is set in a quiet and quaint Connecticut town and the play revolves around Sidney as a struggling writer and his wife inviting over Clifford, who has just written a play that is ready to be sent out for production. The questions about whether Sidney is going to steal Clifford’s manuscript or if Clifford will collaborate on the play or keep it to himself keep the audience on edge as the plot thickens and unfolds in a manner that few could predict.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-289-6148.

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