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The Deception of Kathryn Vask

Mark Steensland
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Blaming herself for her son’s death in an accident, a grief-stricken woman wants to hold a séance to get his forgiveness from beyond the grave. But when her husband conspires with the family pastor to hire actors and fake the proceedings, things don’t go as planned … or do they? THE DECEPTION OF KATHRYN VASK is a tightly-woven thriller that follows in the twisty footsteps of Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP and Anthony Shaffer’s SLEUTH.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“I wish theatre horror was a bigger thing. I wish more people would realize how amazing this genre can — and does — do on stage, especially when the right special effects are used. And there’s something much more terrifying about being right there and seeing something unfold on stage, rather than witnessing it through a screen. There’s a more constant threat when seeing horror live, a sensation that what you’re watching really can break the fourth wall and come right at you … [THE DECEPTION OF KATHRYN VASK is] entertaining, gripping, impressive.” —Elle Turpitt, Dead Head Reviews

“In Act One, Scene One it’s a long drawn out argument at 4am with Kathryn and Jonathan and I got Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf vibes and I was here for it! Loved that scene! … The play only gets better, ratcheting up the intensity and the horror from there! I was in to it 100% for the entire ride and let me tell you, it takes some turns and I did NOT see them coming! LOVED that! … I am not sure I’ve read quite such a dark horror play before and it’s a genre I’m now convinced we need more of!” —Lars Skaar, Page Turners and Constant Reads

About the Author


  • Mark Steensland

    Mark Steensland self-published his first book while in fourth grade and has been telling stories ever since — some of them true. He became a professional journalist at the age of 18, writing about movies for such magazines as Prevue and American Cinematographer. His award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. His first novel — Behind the Bookcase — was published in 2012 by Random House. His most recent book is In the Scrape, a novella co-written with James Newman. His most recent screenplay — Jakob's Wife — just finished filming with Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, and Bonnie Aarons. He currently lives in California with his wife and their three children.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/4/2020
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881458749

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The Deception of Kathryn Vask is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/14/2024 – 5/18/2024
Soap Theatre Company
Vernon, BC, Canada

2/2/2024 – 2/10/2024
Soap Theatre Company
Oliver, BC, Canada

10/6/2022 – 10/8/2022
Cayuga Community College
Auburn, NY

2/24/2022 – 3/19/2022
Cayman Drama Society
Red Bay, GC, Cayman Islands

10/29/2020 – 10/30/2020
Altarena Playhouse
Alameda, CA