The Trap by Kieran Lynn
Thursdays–Saturdays, 8:00 PM | Sundays, 2:00 PM
Run time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes; there will be no intermission.
A WORLD PREMIERE
In the hilarious new comedy by the author of Crossing the Line, Tom and Clem find themselves knee-deep in financial struggles. The only solution is to clean out the safe at Tom's work, a payday loan company called The Debt Duck. When his gambling-addicted boss arrives with the same idea, they end up in a wacky scenario involving a gang of Estonians, a selfish supervisor with a huge mortgage, and an overly vigilant alarm system.
“Kieran Lynn built a reputation as a sharp, funny writer with an affinity for dark and absurd comedy.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Kieran Lynn (Playwright) was born in Liverpool, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and works as a director and playwright. He has been a member of the Royal Court Young Writers program, the Playwrights Studio Scotland mentoring program, the BBC Sparks Residential Course and the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays. He received the Artists' International Development Fund grant, awarded by the Arts Council England, to bring The Trap to Fort Worth as a world premiere.
Kieran’s play, An Incident at The Border, was performed at the Finborough Theatre, before transferring to the West End. It has subsequently been performed in the United States, India, Israel, and Turkey and broadcast on BBC Radio 4; it was performed at Amphibian Stage Productions under the title Crossing the Line during the 2016 season. His other plays include Bunnies (Bike Shed Theatre, winner of the Peter Brook Empty Space Award), The Recurring Rise and Fall (Hampstead Theatre), Pushing Poppies (Theatre 503), and Breaking the Ice (Traverse Theatre/Oran Mor Theatre). He is the current Writer-in-Residence at Theatr Clwyd. An Incident at the Border, Bunnies, and Breaking the Ice are published by Oberon Books.
Mary Catherine Burke (Director) has directed Fiction, Time Stands Still, Isaac’s Eye, An Unproduced Screenplay Based on the Life and Death of Walt Disney and Music City, USA—all at Amphibian Stage Productions. Fiction was acknowledged as one of the 10 best productions in Dallas by Arts and Culture Magazine. She lives in NY where she has directed at 59E59th, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), The Flea, HERE, ARS NOVA and EST. Her production of Austentatious at NYMF was described as the next off-Broadway hit by the NY Times. Mary Catherine’s production of Little Shop at ReVision Theatre was hailed as “Extraordinary” by The NJ Star Ledger.
She also served as the Director of Programming at The New York Musical Theatre Festival where an unprecedented number of shows when on to have subsequent productions including Clinton the Musical (off-Broadway), Bayonets of Angst (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Rescue Rue (NY Children’s Theatre Festival), and Sing Me Home (Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals). She has served as the Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse and the Associate Producer of Vital Theatre. Drama League Alumni. Member SDC. For more info visit www.marykateburke.com
Justin Lemieux* (Tom) has an MFA from Southern Methodist University and a BA from the University of Dallas. Credits include Romeo and Juliet, Sense and Sensibility, and for one night, School for Wives (Dallas Theater Center); Crossing the Line (Amphibian Stage Productions); Mass Appeal (Circle Theatre); Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Bar); A Flea in Her Ear, Black Snow, Richard III (Southern Methodist University).
He can be seen this September at the United Solo Festival in New York, performing his original one-man show, Warm Soda.
Sarah Rutan* (Clem) spent seven seasons as a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work at OSF included: Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Diary of Anne Frank, Coriolanus, Love's Labours Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and many others.
Sarah’s credits at other regional theaters include: The Book Club Play (Dallas Theater Center); King Lear, Love's Labours Lost (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Pride and Prejudice (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Park - Bend, OR); and A Footnote to the Iliad (Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series).
Bob Hess* (Alan) has previously appeared on Amphibian’s stage in The Quixotic Day and Errant Nights of Knight Errant Don Quixote and The True History Of The Tragic Life And Triumphant Death Of Julia Pastrana. Other recent performances It Shoulda Been You, The Nance (DFW Critics’ Forum Award), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (DFW Critics’ Forum Award & Dallas Voice Actor of the Year) at Uptown Players; Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play at Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre; Million Dollar Quartet at Casa Mañana; Don’t Talk to the Actors at Circle Theatre; Sexy Laundry at WaterTower Theatre & Stage West; Miracle on 34th Street at Dallas Children’s Theater; Driving Miss Daisy at North Carolina Theatre; and in the recurring role of Michael Taylor in Season One of the ABC-TV drama American Crime.
Bob has acted on nearly every stage in the Metroplex, also including Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Theatre Three, Kitchen Dog Theater, Echo Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, and Lyric Stage. Bob currently serves as an adjunct professor of theatre at University of North Texas and is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.
Cara Serber* (Meryl) is thrilled to be a part of The Trap, after first working at Amphibian Stage Productions in Music City, USA last year. She has been on stages across DFW, including Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Lyric Stage, Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre, and Dallas Children’s Theatre. Cara has received DFW Critics Forum awards and was named Best Musical Theatre Actress by the Dallas Observer.
She is represented by the Mary Collins Agency and is proud to serve as a board member for Children’s Cancer Fund. Cara would like to thank Mary Kate, Kathleen, and Linsey, as well as her two darling daughters and husband, Jeff.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, appearing under a Small Professional Theatre Contract.
The lead actors in The Trap are sponsored by:
Kay & Robert Bolz
Brad Alford & Dr. John Forestner
Cynthia & Grant Hodgkins
Jarrell & Berlene Milburn
Mark & Jodi Sanders
- $100.00 Devonian Opening, Friday, April 28
- $50.00 Members' Cast Party, Saturday, April 29
- $33.00 General Admission*, April 30 - May 21
Want to see the play, but can't afford a ticket?
Attend our final dress rehearsals on Wednesday, April 26 at 8:00 PM or Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM and pay-what-you-want for your ticket. There's no need to reserve, but these seats will be first-come, first-served when the box office opens at 7:00 PM. Follow our social media for announcements about additional pay-what-you-want performances.