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Bart DeLorenzo directs Noël Cowards provocative
comedy
Design for Livingat the Odyssey

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2024) — Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents Design for Living, a witty and charming romantic comedy by Noël Coward that was banned in 1930s London for its risqué content and bawdy themes. Bart DeLorenzo directs this lesser-known Coward gem for an eight-week run, July 6 through August 25, at the Odyssey’s venue in West L.A. Two low-priced previews are set for Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5.

Otto, played by Garikayi Mutambirwa, loves Gilda (Brooke Bundy). But… so does Leo (Kyle T. Hester). Gilda loves Otto… but she also loves Leo. And what’s going on between Otto and Leo? Filled with Coward’s scintillating dialogue, Design for Living is an emotional, dramatic, hilarious and scandalous love triangle. Or as the threesome’s longtime friend Ernest Friedman (Andrew Elvis Miller) calls it, “a three-sided, erotic hotch-potch.” It’s a revolving door of passion, treachery and never-ending champagne. Can love prevail against the norms of society?

“The characters in this somewhat autobiographical play — a playwright, painter and interior designer — were written for Coward, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, with Coward, of course, playing the playwright in search of success,” says DeLorenzo. “The three of them had been flatmates when they were just starting out in New York, living the bohemian life, sharing a pint of potato salad between them for dinner, dreaming of glamorous futures. Audiences may be reminded of the obsessive erotic trio in the Luca Guadagnino-directed film Challengers earlier this year. Coward’s ‘design for living,’ in the philosophical sense, was to live the life you want and need to live. The play is about liberation and love — sexy, charming, and a lot of fun.”

Also in the cast, playing supporting roles, are Sheelagh Cullen, Shireen Heidari and Max Pescherine. The creative team includes scenic designer Frederica Nascimento; lighting designer Leigh Allen; sound designer John Zalewski; costume designer Denise Blasor; casting director Nicole Arbusto; and graphics designer Peter Simpson Cook. The assistant directors are Michael Lanham and Samantha Occhino, and the stage manager is Jennifer Palumbo. Beth Hogan produces for Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.

Performances of Design for Living take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from July 6 through August 25. There will be two additional weeknight performances, on Wednesday, July 17 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, each at 8 p.m.: Two previews on Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5, also begin at 8 p.m. Post-performance discussions are scheduled on Wednesday, April 17 and Friday, Aug. 9. Every Friday is “Wine Night”: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

Tickets to performances range from $20 to $37 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Performances on Fridays are Pay-What-You-Can (reservations open online and at the door starting at 5:30 p.m.). Previews are priced at $20. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

 

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Design for Living

WHAT:
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
presents Design for Living, a witty and charming romantic comedy by Noël Coward that was banned in 1930s London for its risqué content and bawdy themes. Otto loves Gilda. But… so does Leo. Gilda loves Otto… but she also loves Leo. And what’s going on between Otto and Leo? Filled with Coward’s scintillating dialogue, Design for Living is an emotional, dramatic, hilarious and scandalous love triangle. Or as the threesome’s longtime friend Ernest Friedman calls it, “a three-sided, erotic hotch-potch.” It’s a revolving door of passion, treachery and never-ending champagne. Can love prevail against the norms of society?

WHO:
• Written by Noël Coward
• Directed by Bart DeLorenzo
• Starring Brooke Bundy, Sheelagh Cullen, Shireen Heidari, Kyle T. Hester, Andrew Elvis Miller, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Max Pescherine

• Produced by Beth Hogan
• Presented by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi Artistic Director

WHEN:
Previews: July 3 and July 5
Performances: July 6 – Aug. 25
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: July 3 (Preview), July 17* and Aug. 7 ONLY

Fridays at 8 p.m. (wine nights): July 5 (Preview), 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9*, 16, 23
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: July 6 (Opening Night), 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24
Sundays at 2 p.m.: July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25
*Post-performance discussions on Wednesday, July 17 and Friday, Aug. 9
Wine Night Fridays: Enjoy complimentary wine and snacks following all Friday night performances.

WHERE:
Odyssey Theatre

2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

TICKET PRICES:
• Saturdays and Sundays: $20$37
• Fridays: Pay-What-You-Can (reservations open online and at the door starting at 5:30 p.m.)

• Previews: $20

HOW:
OdysseyTheatre.com
(310) 477-2055 ext. 2

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