Death by Design: A Comedy with Songs and Murder
by Rob Urbinati
Full Length Play, Comedy / 4m, 4f
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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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
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- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1930s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The action of the play takes place in the at living room of the Bennett’s house at Cookham in 1932.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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
- Non-Traditional casting