Suspense Thriller

Mission Objective: Keep up with the twists and turns… if you dare. The writer of “The Stepford Wives” has plotted a thriller which will challenge the most experienced NSTC Agent to control their gasps, guffaws, and sweating palms. Holding the record as the longest-running thriller in Broadway history, Ira Levin’s ingeniously crafted play brings the scares and surprises coming until the final curtain. Opening Halloween weekend– come in costume for fun and prizes!

Deathtrap contains violence and adult situations which may not be appropriate for all audiences. Gunshots and theatrical smoke will be used during the performance.

The WOW Factor:

With less than 24 feet between you and the killer, the danger will feel real.

“Deathtrap” is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

Deathtrap is sponsored by Griffin Owens




Frank BrittonFrank Britton (Porter Milgrim) happily makes his NextStop debut. Recent appearances: Truth & Beauty Bombs: A Softer World (Rorschach Theatre); The Last Burlesque (Pinky Swear Productions); Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea (Theater Alliance); Passion Play (Forum Theatre); Othello (WSC Avant Bard); and Two Trains Running (Round House Theatre). Others: WSC Avant Bard (Acting Company Member); Arena Stage, Rorschach Theatre (Company Member); Round House Theatre, Synetic Theater, Theater Alliance, SCENA Theatre, Constellation Theatre Co., Spooky Action Theater, and regionally with La MaMa ETC (NYC). Many thanks to Evan, Donna, and the Cast and Crew.

James Finley HeadshotJames Finley (Clifford Anderson)  is returning to NextStop after being seen in The 39 Steps. Area credits include Small Craft Warnings, Camille: a tearjerker, Lulu, Richard III, Gnadiges Fraulein, The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V, The Bacchae, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Friendship Betrayed (Avant Bard); 1776, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, A Few Good Men (The Keegan Theatre); Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Stalag 17, Little Murders, Voodoo Macbeth (The American Century Theater); as well as productions with Pointless Theatre, Ganymede Arts Theatre, Rorschach Theatre and Live Action Theatre, where he serves as Co-Communications Director.


Photo Susan d. Garvey(1)Susan d. Garvey (Myra Bruhl)  has been seen at NextStop/ESP in Gutenberg! The Musical, Flowers for Algernon, Life X 3, W;t, and The Memory of Water. Otherlocal credits include: Calendar Girls (PPF); Other Desert Cities, Colder than Here (VTC); Twilight of the Golds, Working the Musical, Proposals, The Women, Harvest Moon (RCP); Children, The Dining Room (SCT); Equus (TFT). Susan began her professional career in NYC and lived in the famed Rehearsal Club – the inspiration for Edna Ferber’s Stage Door. She is actively working with many of her RC sisters on preserving the history of the club in print, on stage, in film, and on the web. 


Peter HoldwayPeter Holdway (Sidney Bruhl) UK theatre includes: Faust (Goethe), The Painter of Dishonour (Calderon), The Relapse (all with Royal Shakespeare Company); The Globe Theatre; The Witches (West End, London); Gecko Theatre (tour -Tbilisi); The English Shakespeare Company (tour – Beirut). Film: The Hogfather; The Twelve Days of Hogswatch (winner BAFTA Best Interactive); King Lear. Peter was Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Financial Group. As a movement director: Royal Shakespeare Company and Salisbury Playhouse. Peter trained as a mime and is a specialist in commedia dell’arte. He is a member of British Actors’ Equity.




Mage HeadshotLorraine Magee (Helga ten Dorp) Director of NextStop’s Love, Loss and What I Wore and choreographer of Into the Woods, Lorraine is thrilled to be back on stage in her favorite performance space. Previous appearances here include Caroline, or Change (Grandma Gelman), The Clean House (Virginia, WATCH nomination), W;t (Vivian Bearing Ph.D., WATCH award), and The Smell of the Kill (Nicky). Favorites elsewhere include The Heidi Chronicles, Enchanted April, Nine, and A Chorus Line. Lorraine teaches acting and musical theater classes at Encore Performers in Chantilly. Many thanks to Evan for inviting her into the Bruhl’s home.




Production Team

 AnnMarie Castrigno (Lighting Designer) – AnnMarie has received multiple awards and nominations over the years for Outstanding Lighting Design from WATCH, ACT, and LTA, including Rent (WATCH award, 2010) and The Weir (WATCH nomination, 2005), both for ESP/NextStop. Other NextStop shows include No Spring Chicken; A Man for All Seasons; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Gutenberg!; Sylvia; Go, Dog, Go!; Gideon’s Knot (co-produced with Forum Theatre Company); The 39 Steps. Ballet NoVA credits include The Nutcracker and spring productions. AnnMarie has also been the Master Electrician at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia and Baltimore, MD, since 2001.

Jack Golden (Technical Director) – is a young theatre artist who has designed, painted, and built scenery at venues all over the country. He has designed scenery for Thelma Theatre (DC), Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (MA), Thunder Bay Theatre (MI), Theatre B (ND), and Dakota Stage (ND). Jack held other scenic production positions with American Players Theatre (WI), Greenbrier Valley Theatre (WV), Ozark Actors Theatre (MO), and The Fargo/Moorhead Opera (ND). He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts (Design/Tech Emphasis) from North Dakota State University and would like to thank mentors Dean Bellin and Tiffany Fier.

Stan Harris (Sound Designer) – Stan has worked as sound designer at many area theater companies and other venues for over 25 years, including Vienna Theatre Company, Springfield Community Theatre, McLean Community Players, Dominion Stage, The Arlington Players, Prince William Little Theatre, Port City Players, 2nd Flight Productions, Hexagon, Alexandria Harmonizers, Washington Savoyards, Vienna Falls Chorus, Leesburg’s Acoustic on the Green, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater, British Embassy Players, and Next Stop/ESP. Stan has received nine WATCH nominations and has received the award three times.

Evan Hoffmann (Director) NEXTSTOP/ESP: The Secret Garden, Gutenberg! The Musical, Miss Electricity, Into the Woods, The 39 Steps, Caroline, or Change, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses (Director); The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Green Henchman #3), The Who’s TOMMY (Ensemble), Henry V (Henry). DC AREA: 1776 (Fords), My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Saving Aimee, See What I Want to See (Signature), Anything Goes (Olney). TOURING: Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew (American Shakespeare Center). INTERNATIONAL: Discovering Self (Shakespeare’s Globe, London). Proud graduate of Herndon High School and the College of William and Mary.

JD Madsen (Scenic Designer) – Regional Theatre Design Credits include:  Sex With Strangers, Culture! Culture!, Sister Act, Carousel, Pas de Duex, The Temperamentals, Cripple of Inishmaan, Richard III, Italian American Reconciliation, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Two Character Play, Reckless, The Binding Lady, The Crucible, Dracula, Aida, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Songs for a New World, The Addams Family. In addition to freelance design, JD teaches design at the Johnny Carson School for Theatre and Film. He sends his love to his muse Elena, and their joy and inspiration Huck, Harper and Sawyer.

Kristina Martin (Costume Designer) – NEXTSTOP: No Spring ChickenKiss Me, Kate; A Man For All Seasons; The Secret Garden; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Gutenberg!; Charlie Brown Christmas; Sylvia; Miss Electricity. DC/MD AREA: Venus in Fur; 33 Variations (Costume Designer); Baby; Ring of Fire (Wardrobe Supervisor); Passion Play (Costume Design Assistant); Dunsinane; As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Co.). WILLIAMSBURG AREA: Cosi fan tutte, Lucia; Illyria, Julius Caesar; Don Pasquale; Clyborne Park; The Coast of Utopia; La Cage Aux Folles; Evening of Dance; Dancing at Lughnasa; Merry Wives of Windsor.

Laura Moody (Stage Manager) Previous Stage Management credits include NEXTSTOP/ESP: The 39 Steps, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Richard III (ASM), Into The Woods (ASM), The Summer Cabaret Series, Gidion’s Knot (ASM), Miss Electricity, Sylvia (ASM), Gutenberg! The Musical, The Secret Garden, Kiss Me Kate, Frozen, Caroline, or Change (ASM), Tomfoolery (ASM), Metamorphoses (Hunger/Midas’s Daughter/Lucina/Q). DC AREA: Play It Again, Sam (Little Theatre of Alexandria), House Of Blue Leaves (Dominion Stage), The Foreigner and Glengarry Glen Ross (Taking Flight Theatre Company), Medea (Port City Players). DC AREA IMPROV: Last Ham Standing.

Kristen Pilgrim (Fight Director) is excited to be back at NextStop where she previously worked on Kiss Me Kate and Into the Woods. Other local fight credits include The Great Lt. Sprinkle Didn’t Save Me (Field Trip Theatre), Dog Sees God (George Washington University), Senior Showcase (American University), Macbeth (The Weekday Players), The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Providence Players), On the Waterfront (TACT). Asst. Fight Direction: Caesar and Dada, (WSC Avants Bard), Flying V Fights: Heroes and Monsters (Flying V Theatre). Kristen is an actor combatant with the SAFD and a member of Live Action Theatre.

Brian Stefaniak (Master Electrician) – Brian is happy to be back working with the good people of NextStop, where he has been the Master Electrician for Richard III, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, and Kiss Me, Kate, and No Spring Chicken, among others. He was also the Lighting Designer for NextStop’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.