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December 15, 2009
Sexuality, success and society explored –
Artists Rep presents Noël Coward’s “Design for Living”
Artists Repertory Theatre steps into the divine decadence and Art Deco attitudes of the Bohemian
1930s with Design for Living. In this delightful comedic masterpiece, three glamorous artists fall in
and out of love with each other as they bounce from Paris to London to New York. Amid the
sophistication and humor, Noël Coward offers an exploration of sexuality, success and society
that’s proven relevant for any era.
Design for Living will run on Artists Rep’s Morrison Stage, January 5 through February 7.
Director Jon Kretzu said presenting this play at Artists Rep has been a conversation decades in the
making, “Since I was a boy, I’ve felt great love and affinity for Noël Coward, and Design for Living
is the most naked, raw and revealing of his plays.”
Kretzu said it is the undercurrent of bittersweetness and gnawing pain that Coward can convey
while exploring such emotions as love, longing and loss that make his plays particularly profound.
“Amid a passionate triangle of tryst, he has deep and gnarled things to say about human
relationships, success and social propriety,” Kretzu said.
Design for Living premiered on Broadway in 1933, starring the playwright himself as well as his
two close friends (and themselves a couple), Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. The provocative
themes in Design for Living delayed its London premiere until Jan. 25, 1939. It finally opened in
London’s Haymarket Theatre and transferred to the Savoy Theatre, running for 233 performances
before the outbreak of WWII ended the production. It has entertained audiences years after its
premiere in a myriad of revivals: most notably in 1984, with the first Broadway revival at the Circle
in the Square Theater, a shocking 1994 revival at the Donmar Warehouse Theater which
emphasized the sexual overtones of the play, and most recently a 2001 Broadway revival starring
Alan Cumming, Dominic West and Jennifer Ehle.
The cast includes three of Artists Rep’s Resident Acting Company members: Todd Van Voris,
Michael Mendelson and Vana O’Brien. Joining them will be Sara Lucht (as Gilda), Doren Elias,
Alec Wilson, Amy Newman, Tim Hill and Samuel Benedict.
The creative team includes Jeff Seats (Scenic Designer), Gregory Pulver (Costume Designer), Jeff
Forbes (Lighting Designer), kollodi (Props Design), and Rodolfo Ortega (Sound Designer).
Performance times are January 5 through February 7, Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday
at 2:00pm, and one Wednesday matinee at 11:00am on January 27. Student Tickets are $20 and
regular adult tickets range from $25 to $47. For tickets and information, call the Artists Rep Box
Office at 503.241.1278.
Design for Living is made possible by the generous support of the following individuals and
organizations: Individual sponsors Bob and Janet Conklin and Christine Swanson, and corporate
sponsors Ater Wynne LLP and OPSIS Architecture; and season sponsors U.S. Bank, KINK,
OregonLive.com, the Oregon Arts Commission, Work for Art, and the Regional Arts and Culture
Council. The season is also sponsored by the Mark Spencer Hotel, the Hotel deLuxe, and Trinchero
Founded in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is the oldest professional theater in Portland. Artists
Rep strives to challenge artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy in an intimate
setting. Artists Rep explores the strengths, frailties, and diversity of the human condition primarily
through regional premieres, commissioned works, and selected classics appropriate to
****** JUST THE FACTS – DESIGN FOR LIVING
Design for Living by Noël Coward. Directed by Jon Kretzu.
Performance Dates: January 5 through February 7, Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at
2:00pm, and one Wednesday matinee at 11:00am on January 27.
Location: Artists Repertory Theatre’s Morrison Stage (1515 SW Morrison St.)
Tickets: Advance tickets $25-$47; Students $20. Rush Tickets $20. 503-241-1278 or
Description: In this delightful comedic masterpiece, three glamorous artists fall in and out of love
with each other as they bounce from Paris to London to New York. Amid the sophistication and
humor, Noël Coward offers an exploration of sexuality, success and society that’s proven relevant
for any era.