By Kenneth Jones
23 Feb 2012
|Photo by Roger Mastroianni|
The Edgars are named after American poet and fiction writer Edgar Allan Poe, known for his macabre tales.
In the category of Play, the Edgar nominees are Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher, produced by Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ; and The Game's Afoot by Ken Ludwig, produced by Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH.
Arizona Theatre Company commissioned and premiered Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club in fall 2011. It is the third ATC commission/premiere in the last six years to be nominated for the Edgar Award following Hatcher's widely produced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 2008 and Steven Dietz's Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which won the Edgar Award in 2006 and has since received dozens of productions internationally.
Prolific Hatcher's plays include Ten Chimneys, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ella, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (with Eric Simonson), Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom), Three Viewings, A Picasso, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Scotland Road, The Turn of the Screw, the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, among many others.
Cleveland Playhouse billed The Game's Afoot this way: "Acclaimed actor of the 1930s, William Gillette, invites his Sherlock Holmes co-stars to his eccentric Connecticut mansion for a Christmas Eve celebration. When one of the guests is murdered, Gillette employs the persona of the master detective he's made famous on the stage." It's a "murder mystery comedy" from the author of Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo and Crazy For You.
The 66th Edgar Awards, to be presented April 26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, honors the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2011.
For more information, visit TheEdgars.com.