The play was recently nominated for a 2007 Edgar Award, administered by The Mystery Writers of America, and is a popular title in regional theatres around the country. It's been seen in Arizona, California and Wisconsin — and now in this new co-production playing three resident theatres in the Midwest.
Edward Stern, artistic director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directs the production, seen in ATL's 637-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium. This is a co-production that will play Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (March 21-April 15) and the Cincy Playhouse in the Park (April 24-May 25).
Based on the original play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle (it made Gillette rich and famous and he starred in it until 1931), "this treasured classic brings Holmes' pulse-quickening adventures to life in a mystery of intrigue, passion and suspense."
Opening in Louisville is Feb. 1.
According to production notes, "Holmes' final escapade kicks off when some small-time criminals quickly become entangled with some big-time crooks and an intricate network of London crime. A kidnapped damsel, scandalous letters and London's seamy underworld find Holmes pitted against his two most perilous foes: certain death and impassioned love. As the plot twists and turns, Holmes must prevail against the mastermind of evil Professor Moriarty and keep his wits opposite Irene Adler, the beautiful, mysterious opera diva who has captured his heart. Holmes uses his deductive genius only to discover that he may be the next victim." The creative team includes scenic designer Neil Patel, costume designer Liz Covey, lighting designer Robert Wierzel, sound designer Matt Callahan and properties designers Mark Walston and Doc Manning.
The cast includes Joris Stuyck as Sherlock Holmes, Howard Kaye as Doctor Watson, Michael Haworth as Professor Moriarty, Michael Sharon as The King of Bohemia, Brandy Burre as Irene Adler, Norton David Huber as James Larrabee/Godfrey, Carrie Montbertrand as Madge Larrabee/Marie, William McNulty as Sid Prince with Loren Bidner, Zarina Shea, Emily Tate Frank, Jeff Snodgrass, Zdenko Slobodnik and Mark Stringham.
Dietz is the prolific American playwright who penned ATL/Humana Festival plays including God's Country (1989), Private Eyes (1997) and The Spot (2004). He is the author of over 25 plays and adaptations performed at more than 100 regional theatres across the country as well as Off-Broadway.
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