"Theatre Tricks"
SVU, Episode 13.11
Production number: 13011
First aired: 11 January 2012
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Theatre Tricks
Teleplay By
Marygrace O'Shea

Story By
Marygrace O'Shea, Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Constantine Makris

When an actress is raped on stage during a performance, the SVU squad discovers the attacker was set up to commit the crime.


An actress in an interactive theater production is raped on stage, while the audience believes it to be part of the show. The SVU detectives hit a dead end in their investigation when they learn the show's passionate director gave the audience, including the assailant, masks to wear during the performance. Detectives Rollins and Tutuola track down an obsessed fan of the young actress who recorded the assault while stalking her, which leads Detectives Benson and Amaro to a respected judge. With the judge's reputation on the line, the SVU squad explores the underbelly of the New York theater world to uncover who really orchestrated the public attack.


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Background information and Notes

  • Though this episode is not based on any particular incident, the theater performance featured is an obvious reference to the NYC immersive play Sleep No More, which allows audience members to follow cast members around the performance space while wearing masks to give them anonymity. Sleep No More itself would become embroiled in controversy six years after the episode aired when several current and former performers and staff members came forward with reports of audience members sexually assaulting people during the show.[1]

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Apartment of
Meghan Weller
659 Hudson Street
Friday, December 16

Apartment Building of
Estelle Roberts
213 West 98th Street
Friday, December 16

Java Jake's
1993 Broadway
Saturday, December 17

Chambers of
Judge Gerald Crane
73 Thomas Street
Monday, December 19

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