by Rob Urbinati, directed by John Hancock
Sunday March 17 @ 6;30 pm
Monday March 18 @ 6:30 pm
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater
3312 Long Ave, Huntsville
Everybody! No prepared material required. Auditionees will be reading from the script. Perusal copies available.
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
What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noël 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 actress wife, Sorel Bennett, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue, 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. Death by Design is more than homage – it’s a new classic.
Performance Date: July 12-20, 2019
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.