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.
The main characters are e a sophisticated and arrogant playwright Edward Bennett, played by Curt Harris, and his air-headed actress wife Sorel, played by Linda Anderson. They are better known in London society as “The Battling Bennetts.” Their latest play has just been panned by the London critics, and the pair retreat to their country estate, where they continue their love/hate relationship to the amusement and annoyance of their servants: Bridgit, the maid, played by Heidi Stonebraker, and Jack, the chauffeur, played by Ashton Winrich.
They’re quickly joined by a host of guests, some invited, some not: Walter Pearce, a conservative politician (played by Dave Lund), Eric, a fiery socialist radical (played by Chris Winrich), a nearsighted young woman Alice (played by Grace Manlow), and a zany Bohemian artiste’ Victoria Van Roth (played by Tanya Schiller) – 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.
Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9; Friday, Nov. 15; and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with just one Sunday matinee — Nov. 10 — at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for general public and $8 for seniors (65 and older) and students (through college) and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video and More, and at the door.