The Iberia Performing Arts League opens its 2018-19 season this week with “Death in England” by Sam Bobrick.
The production will open Sept. 6 and run for two consecutive weekends closing on Sept. 16, for a total of 8 performances at the Essanee Theatre in downtown New Iberia.
Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.
The British mystery-comedy is directed by Donna Berard.
Tickets are $10 and are available at IPAL’s usual outlets, Delaune’s Pharmacy, The Daily Iberian Office, and Paul’s Flower Shop, or online at brownpaperticket.com (Search IPAL).
Here’s a synopsis of the play, provided by IPAL:
Death pays a call to an English household and discovers he has come to the wrong house. This is the first time that he has ever made such a mistake. Slowly he comes to realize that people are dying without his help. He realizes that he has lost his lethal touch and feels, totally, undermined and helpless. When Lester Hedges, kicks the bucket, also without the help of Death, it is time to find out who has usurped his power. Suspecting treachery of the greatest magnitude, England’s most cunning detective, Inspector Mirabelle, is called to get to the bottom of things. Mirabelle matches wits with Death, and at the same time, tries to make what he can of a “lady of the night”, Constance Lawson; Alfie Crown, the landlord of the deceased; and a very odd character in a tweed suit, Mr. Jonathan Pike.
The cast includes, in alphabetical order: Vincent Barras as Alfie Crown, Ryan Berard as Death, Kayla Heinz-Bonner as Contance Lawson, Adel Catherine Comeaux as Jane, IPAL newcomer, Beth Finch, as Irene Hedges, Perry Ledet as Inspector Mirabelle, John Lagneaux as Jonathan Pike, and Milton Resweber as Michael Hedges.
This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and administered through the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
Advance tickets are available at Delaune’s Pharmacy, Paul’s Flower Shop, The Daily Iberian, or by calling (337) 364-6114 and leaving a name and phone number. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at the time of performance. All tickets are $10 and general seating. This production is for all family members.