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OCTOBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2017

BASKERVILLE at Live Theatre Workshop

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Christopher Moseley

ABOUT THE PLAY

Get your deerstalker cap on and prepare to laugh—the play is afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (THE GAME'S AFOOT and MOON OVER BUFFALO) comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Stephen Frankenfield is Sherlock Holmes, Eric Du is Watson, and Matthew Copley, Debbie Runge and Steve Wood play 43 different characters.

“It's fun to watch the actors change characters,” says Baskerville Director Christopher Moseley. "I'm enjoying working with an ensemble of actors that balances the comedy of this particular adaption with the adventure that audiences expect from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. This play takes you through the streets of London and the moors of Devon, where you meet characters from every walk of life."

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

PERFORMANCES

October 5 - November 11, 2017

Previews: October 5 and 6 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM

TICKETS

Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Sherlock Holmes is considered the world's greatest detective and is so often performed that Guinness lists him as film's "Most Portrayed Character Ever" with over 70 actors tackling the role in more than 200 films.

It's been 130 years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, was published. From 1891 to 1927, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson appeared periodically in The Strand magazine, eventually totaling four full novels and 56 short stories. In fact, he was so popular that when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill him off, Doyle was forced to bring him back in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The success of that novel brought Sherlock back into the spotlight. Since then, phrases like "Elementary, my dear Watson!" have entered our daily lexicon while countless movies, TV shows and novelizations have kept the character a part of pop culture.

My own love of Sherlock Holmes began as a child. I have always longed to be be on an adventure, walking down dark alleys, skulking in the shadows, solving mysteries.

Now, from the mind of Ken Ludwig (author of Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) comes Baskerville, very freely adapted from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Perfectly blending these two genres, it’s a story which tells an epic adventure, featuring 45 characters with a moveable set, five actors, some imagination and a few costume changes - okay, there will be a lot of costume changes. In this unique theatrical experience, we throw caution to the wind with hilarious results before revealing whodunit.

LTW regulars Stephen Frankenfield, Matt Copley, Debbie Runge, Steve Wood, and newcomer Eric Du all bring a unique balance to a play that is equally funny and thrilling.

- Christopher Moseley, Director

 

(Clockwise from top left) Eric Du, Steve Wood, and Stephen Frankenfield in BASKERVILLE at Live Theatre Workshop

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Ken Ludwig has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His most recent plays include Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play). His newest book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work is published by the Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of the McCarter Theatre, Princeton. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Eric Du and Stephen Frankenfield in BASKERVILLE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Stephen Frankenfield (Sherlock Holmes) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He is a graduate of (AMDA) American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Some of his most notable acting credits include: THE GAMES AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, TUNA CHRISTMAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, I HATE HAMLET, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. Some of his directing credits include: MOON OVER BUFFALO and SOUVENIR. He has been nominated for 6 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, four times for acting and twice for directing. He writes and directs for LTW’s Family Theatre, as well as the Education Department. He has had 4 plays published, including: AN OUTLAW’S TALE; A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY and THE MISADVENTURES OF ROMEO AND JULIET (A REHEARSAL NIGHTMARE). He would like to give a special shout out to his two boys for being a constant source of inspiration in his life.

 

Eric Du, Matthew C. Copley, Steve Wood, and Debbie Runge in BASKERVILLE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Debbie Runge (Actress One) is happy to be returning to the mainstage at LTW after last appearing in THE GAME'S AFOOT. Other mainstage appearances include TWO INTO ONE, RECKLESS and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Over the years, she has been involved with several Tucson theater productions as an actress, choreographer, and/or director. She would love to thank her fabulous family for all their support and for running lines with her!

 

 Eric Du (Watson) grew up in Bellefontaine, Ohio and have been living in the Tucson area for about 4 years now. He received a minor in theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. When he’s not acting he’s at school working as a teacher in the SpEd Program for 7th grade language arts. He also love to travel, and finally went on his dream Eurotrip earlier this year. His previous work includes roles in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Penelope, and Macbeth all at The Rogue Theatre. He was a part of the Arizona Theatre Company production of Fiddler on the Roof, and spent two exciting years at The Gaslight Theatre acting in 11 productions. He’s happy to finally be working here at LTW, and hope you all enjoy the work of the loopy 5-person cast of Baskerville! Cheers!

 

Eric Du, Steve Wood, Stephen Frankenfield, Matthew C. Copley, and Debbie Runge in BASKERVILLE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Christopher Moseley (Director) earned his B.F.A from the University of Arizona and his M.F.A from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Baskerville is Chris’s directorial debut with LTW but he has appeared many times on the LTW stage, most in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other plays Chris has been seen in include The Cocktail Hour, Beau Jest, Cloud Nine and Bell, Book and Candle. Chris is a full time Theater Arts instructor at Catalina High School.

 

 Matthew C. Copley (Actor Two) is a native Tucsonan, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and the brand new Drama Teacher at Tanque Verde High School! Matthew most recently appeared on the LTW Mainstage in BELOW THE BELT, and in the Family Theatre production of CAT-MAN AND KID SPARROW, THE FANTASTIC CRIME-FIGHTING DUO. Matthew's previous work at LTW includes the Mainstage productions of [SIC], OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] (2014 Mac Award, Best Actor, Comedy), and PHOTOGRAPH 51, as well as the Etcetera productions of ROMEO AND JULIET and PLAYING WITH FIRE (for which he also designed and created the Special FX Makeup). Some of Matthew's additional acting credits include STONES IN HIS POCKETS with Beowulf Alley; HOT L BALTIMORE with The Nathalia Stage Ensemble; MACBETH, RICHARD III, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with Tucson Community Theater; THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), THE SINS OF SOR JUANA, and multiple appearances in the annual productions of A TUCSON PASTORELA with Borderlands Theater; A MACBETH with METAtheatre; REAL LIVE DEATH with a.k.a. Theatre; and THE WATER with The iDiOM Theater in Bellingham, Washington. Matthew would like to offer up a huge amount of thanks and love to his theatre family here at LTW. You are all absolutely awesome and freakishly brilliant! And to his family at home, in exchange for who they are and for all of what they do, Matthew owes a metric ton of love and gratitude. In this world of suffocating craziness, you are the ones who keep me breathing and sane.

 

 Steve Wood (Actor One) This is Steve's 43rd production in Tucson and he’s proud to be back on the LTW mainstage. He was last seen in LTW’s Seminar. Other favorite roles include the title role in My Name is Asher Lev (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama), Kit Gill in No Way To Treat a Lady, and Val in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Comedy).

 

 

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