The Sarasota, Florida company presents the new play (subtitled The New Sherlock Holmes Mystery) by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge Nov. 29, 2003-Jan. 11, 2004.
It's 1895 in London. "A drama critic has been savagely murdered in the West End," according to the production announcement. "With Scotland Yard baffled, it's up to legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his crime-solving partner Dr. Watson to weave through the glamorous world of London's infamous theatre district. On the trail of the elusive killer, they encounter some of the theatre's most stylish and flamboyant personalities: a struggling critic and writer named George Bernard Shaw; Ellen Terry, the dazzling stage actress; an odd box office attendant named Bram Stoker; the writing team of Gilbert and Sullivan; and an irrepressible wit by the name of Oscar Wilde. Grab your magnifying glass and put on your thinking cap for this dashingly entertaining puzzle that's full of amusing literary jokes, live piano music and sophisticated fun."
The Asolo season opens with Arthur Miller's The Crucible Oct. 31, 2003-Feb. 21, 2004. The troupe also has Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess (Jan. 23-May 22, 2004); Thomas Holcroft's The Road to Ruin, adapted by Eberle Thomas (Nov. 7. 2003-Feb. 22, 2004); Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport (Nov. 14, 2003-April 3, 2004); The Diary of Anne Frank (March 12-May 22, 2004); Noel Coward's Hay Fever (March 19-May 23, 2004); The Asolo Theatre Company will announce the two shows it will perform in the Jane B. Cook Theatre at a later date as they have yet to be determined.
The least-known work on the slate, other than the new Holmes play, is The Road to Ruin.
Written in 1792, The Road to Ruin, a sentimental comedy about fathers and sons, "raucously reminds us that familial duty is never without its just rewards," according to the Asolo announcement. Here's how Asolo bills the little-known story: "Having disgraced his father with his reckless extravagances, what's young Harry Dornton, a kind-hearted yet weak-minded gambler, to do? Marry the rich yet repugnant Widow Warren, of course! Never mind that Harry is far more enamored of the Widow’s virtuous daughter, Sophia, than he is with her generous income. Or that the elder Dornton, upon learning of his son’s scheme, conspires to pay off Harry's debts himself, determined to spare his son an odious fate." All dates and plays are subject to change. For information, call (941) 351-8000 or visit www.asolo.org.
The Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Asolo Theatre Company, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and Sarasota Ballet of Florida.