So, how does his expertise assist him in directing this play?
“The violence in Deathtrap is explosive,” said Matthew. “[Playwright] Ira Levin uses the violence to great effect in furthering the twists and turns that make the play the great thriller it is. Choreographed violence is usually given to actors to learn in the same way they are to memorize their lines. With this show we’ve been able to work in a much more organic way with the actors ‘finding’ the fights and creating the physicality to match their intentions.”
Experience the thrill of Deathtrap Jan. 18-Feb. 10 in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre. Show times are Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $21 for students. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for students. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, tickets for that night’s show are $10 at the Box Office after 4 p.m. (cash or check only).