Houston Family Arts Center’s World Premiere of Death by Design a Comedy with Murder Opens Friday, September 9, 2011

August 16, 2011

HOUSTON – Houston Family Arts Center’s (HFAC) World Premiere of Death by Design, written by acclaimed New York playwright Rob Urbinati and directed by Lisa Garza, opens Friday, September 9, 2011.  Performances are at the HFAC Garza Main Stage located in NW Houston at 10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070.

“One of the goals of HFAC is to produce original works,” said Bob Clark, HFAC Executive Director.  “We’re excited to open our 2011-2012 season with the World Premiere of this uproarious comedy.”

What happens when you mix Noel Coward brilliant wit and a touch of Agatha Christie surprising plots in an English country manor in 1932? A
hilarious murder with multiple suspects! Fortunately, house maid Bridget is more than up to the task of finding out whodunit.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the process in bringing a new work to life,” said Lisa Garza.  “We commissioned Rob Urbinati to write this show and it’s a new classic that people in Houston will be the first to see.”

“My desire in Death by Design was to combine Coward’s brilliant wit with Christie’s surprising plots, and create a work that reflected the best of both writers’ sensibilities,” Rob Urbinati said.  “My sincere hope is that this comedy not only honors what I admire about these two legendary writers, but will extend and expand their styles in this original work that reflects my own taste and sensibility.”

In addition to Lisa Garza, the creative team includes Elaine Edstrom as Assistant Director and Dialect Coach, Ben Mason scenic design, Tracy Clayton sound design and Lindsay Burns costume design.

The talented cast of local Houston actors includes Kathy Drum as Bridgit, Patrick Barton as Edward, Stephanie Morris as Sorel, Matt Elliott as Jack, Joshua Clark as Eric, J. Blanchard as Walter, Hannah McKinney as Victoria, and Chaney Moore as Alice.

Death by Design opens September 9 and runs through September 25, 2011, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM and two Sunday matinees at 3 PM on September 18 and September 25.  The box office opens one hour before each performance, and the house opens 30 minutes before each performance.

For further information on Houston Family Arts Center or to arrange interviews, please contact: Bob Clark, HFAC Executive Director at 832-495-3030.


Performance Location: HFAC Garza Main Stage 10760 Grant Road Houston, TX 77070

Opening: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8 pm

Friday, September 9 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 PM

Friday, September 16 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 PM

Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 PM

TICKET PRICES: Tickets are just $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students/children for reserved seating.  Select your seats online at www.houstonfac.com or call the HFAC Box Office at 281-685-6374.


Dr. Mario and Lisa Garza

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