The Belfast Maskers will host a reading of the play “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Waterfront Theater, 43 Front St. Maskers’ read-throughs are casual and open to anyone, but are especially valuable to people who want to audition.

Auditions for “Deathtrap” will take place Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. All five roles are open and will be cast following the auditions.

Sidney Bruhl hasn’t written a hit play in decades and now he is desperate — just how desperate becomes apparent when a young protégé brings one to his home. Masterfully-written suspense, labyrinthian plot twists and conniving characters come together to make Levin’s thrilling comedy “Deathtrap” one of the biggest hits in the history of Broadway.

The roles are Sidney Bruhl, a 50-plus male; Clifford Anderson, a male age 25 to 35; Myra Bruhl, a female age 30 to 40; Helga Ten Dorp, a Dutch woman with ESP (she has an accent: Dutch or modified German would work), a females older than 50; and Porter Milgrim, a male older than 45. “Deathtrap” takes place in  he home of Sidney Bruhl in Westport, Conn., the “gold coast” of Fairfield county. The time is 1978.

Belfast Maskers auditions are cold readings from the script, but director Bart Shattuck also would welcome any short monologues an actor may have prepared.

Shattuck brings to “Deathtrap” his years of experience in New York City writing, directing, and performing theater and comedy. He toured with the National Shakespeare Company, performed with American Players Theater in Wisconsin and the Mill Mountain Theater in Virginia. After a stint doing work on films in Los Angeles, he made his way toward Maine, directing and teaching sketch and improvisational comedy along the way in Los Angeles, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

Since moving to the Waterville area with his wife Jeralyn a couple years ago, he has acted in more than a dozen shows with the Gaslight and Lakewood theater companies.

“Deathtrap,” a thriller in two acts, will open Thursday, Sept. 30 for a two-week run. Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, visit belfastmaskers.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.