Comedy - Original

Music Box Theatre (February 26, 1978 - January 05, 1982)
Biltmore Theatre (January 07, 1982 - June 13, 1982)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 21, 1978
  • Opening Date: February 26, 1978
  • Closing Date: June 13, 1982
  • Previews: 7
  • Performances: 1793

Playwright: Ira Levin


A down-on-his-luck playwright's student tells him he has written the perfect suspense play and will bring it to the playwright's Connecticut home tonight. The suspense over whether the playwright will kill the student and take credit for his play forms the crux of Ira Levin's thriller.


Opening Night Cast

John Wood Sidney Bruhl
Victor Garber in Deathtrap Victor Garber Clifford Anderson
Marian Seldes in Deathtrap Marian Seldes Myra Bruhl
Marian Winters Helga ten Dorp
Richard Woods Porter Milgrim
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Ira Levin Writer
  Robert Moore Director
  William Ritman Scenic Design
  Ruth Morley Costume Design
  Marc B. Weiss Lighting Design
  Oscar E. Olesen General Manager
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Lighting Design Marc B. Weiss Nominee
1978 Outstanding Set Design William Ritman Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Actor in a Play John Wood Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Direction of a Play Robert Moore Nominee
1978 Featured Actor in a Play Victor Garber Nominee
1978 Featured Actress in a Play Marian Seldes Nominee
1978 Play   Nominee
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