The Chetco Pelican Players hosts a gala opening Friday, Feb. 9, for the comedy-thriller “Deathtrap,” at the Chetco Playhouse at 1240 Chetco Ave. in Brookings.

The opening performance includes free champagne and “Thrilling hors d’oeuvres” by Claire Willard.

The storyline by Ira Levin features all the components of crime thrillers and horror stories, murder, deceit and plot reversals. Playwright Sidney Bruhl has a murderous case of writer’s block. After a long period of flops, he needs another stage success.

When a manuscript titled “Deathtrap” is sent by a student named Clifford Anderson, Bruhl sees it is the hit he so desperately needs. But there’s only one setback — how to get it.

With the aid of his wife Myra, the two conspirators devise a strategy to overcome that awkward problem by inviting Anderson to their Connecticut home to get the script.

Interspersed with reassurances that he is merely teasing, Sidney frightens Myra with suggestions that he may need to kill Clifford in order to steal the script. But is he really only kidding?

“Deathtrap” stars Josiah Forbis as Sidney Bruhl, Kat Temple as Myra Bruhl, Jason Liddell as Clifford Anderson, Ariel Farris as psychic Helga ten Dorp and Daniel Lybra as attorney Porter Milgrim.

“Deathtrap” is directed by Steven Scruggs and assisted by Andrew Simmons.

Play times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 11, 18 and 25.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor and at the door 45 minutes before showtime.

For more information, call the Chetco Playhouse at 541-469-1877 or visit www.chetcopelicanplayers.org.

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