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Death by Design: A Comedy with Songs and Murder - Full Length Play, Comedy

Death by Design: A Comedy with Songs and Murder

Rob Urbinati

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573704321

What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, this musical version of Rob Urbinati's Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time, with a terrific musical theatre score that kills!

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The action of the play takes place in the at living room of the Bennett’s house at Cookham in 1932.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingenue, a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. This musical version of Rob Urbinati's Death by Design is more than homage – it’s a new classic, with a terrific musical theatre score that kills!

“Rob Urbinati’s idea of melding Noel Coward and Agatha Christie into something new, something more, is so brilliant it’s amazing nobody thought of it before DEATH BY DESIGN: A COMEDY WITH SONGS AND MURDER. Snappy, urbane dialogue, delightful archetypes and a dash of slapstick blend into some kind of stylized, comedic wonder. Two clever tunes by Peter Mills add that perfect Coward touch to a highly entertaining evening.” - Omaha World Herald. 

"Playwright Rob Urbinati must have had as much fun writing this comedy as the audience has in savoring it." - Houston Press, Read More


Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

BRIDGIT - the maid; Irish, crabby, warm-hearted, fifties 
JACK - the chauffer; Cockney, charming, clever, twenties
EDWARD BENNETT - the playwright; urbane, vain, thirties/forties
SOREL BENNETT - the actress; glamorous, daffy, thirties/forties
WALTER PEARCE - the politician; stiff, conservative, thirties/forties
ERIC - the radical; emphatic, fiery, twenties
VICTORIA VAN ROTH - the Bohemian; intense, artistic, any age
ALICE - the visitor; sweet, shy, twenties
Author
Rob Urbinati

Rob Urbinati

Rob Urbinati was a Theatre Consultant for Home Box Office in New York City, and has directed over fifty plays at theatres, colleges and universities across the country. Mr. Urbinati’s first play as a writer, Hazelwood Jr. High, was directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group. A scene from the play is published in Smith & Kraus’s Best Stage Scenes 2000, and the play is published by Samuel French. ... view full profile

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