David Hilder has had a packed schedule since his last stint at Pioneer Playhouse, with last summer's "You Can't Take It With You." He's been doing a lot of writing, he says, and he was assistant director for the Tony Award-nominated "Frozen."
"That project was the bulk of 2004 for me," says Hilder.
And he is enjoying the production he currently is directing at Pioneer Playhouse, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."
"It has comedy, both high and low," explains Hilder, who is based out of New York. "The first thing I responded to was the immense humor of the play."
Humor also provides one of the production's inherent challenges, he notes. Much of its setup is "practically geometry" and Hilder says he must make sure the story makes sense without sacrificing the humor of the show.
"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," set in Chappaqua, N.Y., follows a group of people assembled for a backers' audition for a new musical that hopefully will go to Broadway, Hilder says. The team working on the new show also was around for a previous show at which three chorus girls were murdered.