Death by Design

by Rob Urbinati

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.

Audition Information

Death By Design

AUDITION DATES: Monday, November 18 & Tuesday, November 19, 2019

AUDITION TIME: Sign-in begins at 6:30

CALLBACK DATE: Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Please bring the following to auditions:
A completed Audition Form
A completed Conflict Calendar

Where are the auditions and callbacks being held?
Auditions and callbacks are at The Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC) in downtown Cary.

What you will do for auditions.
Auditions will be readings from the script.

What roles are available?

BRIDGIT (Female) Age 50s The maid; Irish, crabby, warm-hearted
JACK (Male) Age 20-29 – The chauffeur; Cockney, charming, clever
EDWARD BENNETT (Male) Age 30-45 – The playwright; urbane, vain
SOREL BENNETT (Female) Age 30-45 – The actress; glamorous, daffy
WALTER PEARCE (Male) Age 30-45 – The politician; stiff, conservative
ERIC (Male) Age 20-29 – The radical; emphatic, fiery
VICTORIA VAN ROTH (Female) Age ANY – The Bohemian; intense, artistic
ALICE (Female) Age 20-29 – The visitor; sweet, shy


The Cast

BRIDGIT_Sarah Richardson
JACK_Jason Christ
SOREL BENNETT_Noelle Barnard Azarelo
ERIC_Shane de Leon
VICTORIA VAN ROTH_Ashley Rebecca Jones
ALICE_Emily Chiola

Production Staff/Crew

Director: Mia Peters
Assistant Director: Taylor Nichols
Stage Manager: Stephanie Martinek
Assistant Stage Manager
Technical Director: Ian Robson
Set Designer: Katie Moorehead
Master Carpenter: Ian Robson
Costume Designer: Pam Marqui
Hair & Makeup Designer:
Sound Designer: Karen Herman
Sound Board Operator: Karen Herman
Lighting Designer: Nat Mundorf
Light Board Operator: Nat Mundorf
Props Master: Jen Trepper
Props Assistant:
Dance Choreographer:
Fight Choreographer: Steve Whetzel
Deck Crew Chief:
Producer/s: Carole Kelly, Chris Berg
Production Team: Joey DeSena, Debra Grannan, Dan Martschenko, Jenny Robson, Jeri Summer
Playbill Designer: Catherine Campbell


Death by Design is a wonderful new comedy, peopled with vivid, fascinating characters. It merges wit, sophistication and even pratfalls into a medley of humor and fun. Playwright Rob Urbinati must have had as much fun writing this comedy as the audience has in savoring it.” – Houston Press

“The play is called Death by Design, but don’t expect it to unlock the mystery to designing the perfect murder, unless the weapon of choice is laughter. Playwright Rob Urbinati has designed a recipe for fun that’s perfect for livening up the dead of winter: Combine one part murder, two parts mayhem, and season with a hearty dose of clever wit […] Think Noël Coward meets Agatha Christie, and you’ll have some idea what to expect. Both served as inspiration for Death by Design. The result is a smart play, masquerading as an all-out farce. Death by Design is chock-full of puns, one-liners, off-the-wall references and keen jokes that one viewing alone could never fully glean all its comic gems.” – Maine Sunday Telegram

“I’m a big fan of Noël Coward, England’s greatest comic playwright of the 20th century. Death by Design is intentionally written in Coward’s style, complete with interesting, over-drawn characters, brilliant comic repartee and wonderfully incisive social commentary. Plus there’s the Agatha Christie element: a country estate full of mysterious guests and isolated by a snipped telephone wire. Death by Design is definitely a major must-see.” – The Forecaster

“These characters have some great lines to deliver, particularly (of course) playwright Edward, in whose mouth the snarky urbanities are like whiskeyed butter. Playwright Urbinati gives him and the others a fun array of verbal flourishes – rhymed character names are an ongoing gag – and the conversation takes some entertaining digs at theater itself, as well as the archetypes of the British class system. And oh, yes, the murder. Of course it’s less a mortal emergency than a vehicle for everyone’s lampoonery, especially once they’ve drained the brandy and moved on to gin.” – The Portland Phoenix