Noel Coward’s “Design for Living”

Matthew Gall (l to r) Carmen Molina and Kevin Webb in PFP's Design for Living. Photo by Paul Goyette. (2)Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce a new production of Design for Living, a sexy and seductive revival of this Noel Coward classic which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen, and running at Rivendell Theater to November 22.

For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or order on line using the link below.

From 1930’s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between a vivacious interior designer, Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. The cast features Carmen Molina* (Gilda), Kevin Webb* (Leo), Matthew Gall (Otto) and PFP Artistic Associate Edward Fraim (Ernest).

Initially banned in the UK and premiering on Broadway in 1933, “Design for Living” is a stylish and scandalous comedy that takes a close look at three dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other.

Other cast members include Nora Lise Ulrey (Helen Carver); Mike Newquist (Henry Carver); Joan McGrath* (Grace Torrence); Amber Snyder* (Miss Hodge); David Lipschutz (Matthew/photographer) and Connor Baty (Mr. Birbeck).

The creative team for “Design for Living” includes PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca (Costume Design); Kendra Kingsbury (Dialect Coach); Melanie Kulas (Stage Manager); Alexandra Bennett (Dramaturg/Assistant Director); Brian Estep (Hair/Make-Up Designer); G Max Maxin IV* (Scenic/Lighting Designer) and Kallie Rolison* (Sound Designer).

“Eighty years after its premiere, this play still hits close to home. In a world full of complicated relationships and refusal to conform to society’s norms, I am excited to bring a fresh production of this scandalous show to our audiences,” said director Derek Bertelsen.

Design for Living, by Noel Coward, directed by Derek Bertelsen, with costumes by PFP Artistic Associate John Nasca, has previews on Thursday and Friday, Oct 22 and 23 at 7:30 ($15). Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3:30 through November 22. Tickets are $22 Thursdays, and $27 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Discounts are available for students and seniors.

Driving? Free Parking Is Just One Block Away!

Free parking is available at Senn High School! From Ridge Avenue, drive north on Glenwood and make the second left onto Thorndale (past the Senn High School building). Continue to the stop sign at Greenview and turn left directly into the parking lot. After parking, exit on foot at the opposite end of the lot onto Ridge Avenue, and turn left. Walk one block. The theatre will be on the left at 5779 North Ridge Avenue.

Taking Public Transportation?

We are a few short blocks away from both the Bryn Mawr Red Line el stop, as well as the Clark Street #22 bus. Due to ongoing construction, we suggest you visit the CTA/RTA website to check for track work, station closures and bus re-routing.