THROUGH DECEMBER 28, 2014
THE GAME'S AFOOT
OR HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Annette Hillman
ABOUT THE PLAY
This hilarious play from the master of comedy Ken Ludwig brings murder, mystery, mayhem, and madcap adventure to the stage. Broadway superstar William Gillette, famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a dinner party. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette will have to summon every ounce of Sherlock he can to solve the mystery. This play will keep you laughing and trying to figure out whodunit until the final bow.
November 20 - December 28, 2014
Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
Previews: Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night : Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM
Final Thursday Show: Dec. 18 at 7:30 PM
Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
or buy tickets online
I love reading a play that makes me laugh out loud while reading it for the first time. You will recognize a lot of typical mysterious devices in this play, dangerous love, stormy weather, accusations and assumptions and of course…theatrical people at a party. Brrrr….gives me the shivers just thinking about that one. I hope that you laugh and shiver as much as I have working on this play. A joyous holiday season to each and every one of you and a very happy and healthy New Year, 2015!
- Annette Hillman, Director
William Gillette was a star of the American stage during the early part of the 20th century. He wrote the play Sherlock Holmes in collaboration with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and he starred in it with enormous success in both New York and London for a total of 1,300 performances spread over 30 years. He became associated with Holmes in the public’s imagination; and with his royalties from this and other plays, he built a replica of a medieval castle on the Connecticut River filled with gadgets representing the latest technology. It was here that he entertained the casts of his latest New York hits and he remained beloved to his fans until his death in his eighties. Gillette Castle is open to the public to this day.
- Ken Ludwig, Playwright
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had 6 shows on Broadway and 6 in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, the Helen Hayes Award, 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 Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the New York Times called "one of the two great farces by a living writer," won three Tony Awards and was nominated for nine. His other best-known Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Midsummer/Jersey, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem. 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 book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is published by Random House, and his work has been published by the Yale Review. He is a McCarter Theatre/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow, and he has degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Annette Hillman (Director) received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. She apprenticed at Actors Theater of Louisville. Most recently, she directed LOOT for LTW as well as THE CHOSEN. Annette also directed JEWTOPIA (Arizona MAC Nominee, Best Comedy) and GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL! (Arizona MAC nominee, Best Director) for Arizona Onstage Productions, and VILNA’S GOT A GOYEM and BEAST ON THE MOON for Borderlands Theatre (Tucson Weekly ‘Best Of’ Winner). She also is the producer of Lily and Jacob and Associate Director of Tom. XO
Shanna Brock (Aggie Wheeler) Shanna’s stage credits include NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and MR. MARMALADE with Etcetera, THE ALTRUISTS with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, RAPUNZEL with All Together Theatre, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, FAT PIG with Studio Connections, BURIED CHILD and THE THREE PENNY OPERA with Pistarckle Theater and WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE DINNER PARTY, TAKING STEPS, THE COCKTAIL HOUR and REGRETS ONLY on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop. Shanna also has an extensive film resume, both in front of and behind the camera, including work with The Discovery Channel, The Sundance Channel and The Sci-Fi Channel. I would like to thank my biggest fan, my Mom and Cj for the inspiration.
Debbie Runge (Madge Geisel) is happy to be returning to the mainstage at LTW after last appearing in TWO INTO ONE, RECKLESS and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Her most recent stage appearance was in AOP's production of LES MISERABLES. 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!
Nowell Kral (Simon Bright) studied theater in High School under Terry Erbe and Norm Testa, with them he worked on a total of twelve shows, one of which he assistant directed. He then trained as a stunt performer for four months at Trail Dust Town's Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros. He is currently studying theater and media production at Pima Community College.
Rick Shipman (Felix Geisel) Rick is happy to announce that THE GAME’S AFOOT is his 150th stage production! Rick has worked in Phoenix, Seattle, and of course here in Tucson. He was last seen here in BOEING BOEING. He has also been seen here in THE FOREIGNER, THE CHOSEN, DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER, HALF AND HALF, and A THOUSAND CLOWNS. Rick has also worked with the U of A in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, the Rogue Theatre in THE GOAT, Beowulf theatre in DINNER PARTY, and Borderlands Theatre in BLIND DATE. Rick has also directed 2 plays for LTW; LOBBY HERO, and most recently THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED. Rick has been nominated for two best supporting actor Zoni awards for PINOCCHIO, and WAITING FOR GODOT. He was also nominated for a best actor MAC award for THE FOREIGNER. Rick is very proud that his 150th production is here at LTW and he would like to thank all of the fellow actors and backstage folks he has worked with over the past 18 seasons. And he would like to thank his wife Citabria and daughter Tira for their undying love and support. Enjoy the show, and thanks for supporting local theatre!
Pat Timm (Martha Gillette) has been delighted to be a part of this zany production of THE GAME'S AFOOT. A native of Sioux Falls, SD who lived for many years in Schenectady, NY, she is very happy to be in Tucson--where you don't have to shovel the heat! Pat appeared in and directed numerous productions in both locations. She was most recently seen in SOUTHERN COMFORTS and REGRETS ONLY here at LTW, and recently directed MOLLY SWEENEY. Pat appeared in RADIUM GIRLS at Beowulf Alley, where she also directed A CACTUS CHRISTMAS. Previous memorable roles include Billie Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY, Chelsea in ON GOLDEN POND, Maggie in THE SHADOWBOX, Josie Hogan in MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, Clairee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Meg in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Maude in A COUPLE OF WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING, Mrs Reese in THE FARNDALE AVENUE...series, and especially Lady MacBeth in "The Scottish Play". Pat would like to thank everyone at LTW for making the magic happen once again.
Missie Scheffman (Daria Chase) is so excited to be back on the LTW stage after appearing in many shows over the past several years including TWO INTO ONE, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SPIDER’S WEB, THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST and DESIGN FOR LIVING. Missie also enjoyed the opportunity to direct LTW shows TWO INTO ONE, HALF AND HALF, A THOUSAND CLOWNS and the musical I DO, I DO. Missie has performed on the ATT stage, most recently as Sprinkle, the Cookie Fairy! Missie has a BFA in Theatre Production: Acting from the U of A. Missie thanks her family for their love and support.
Cyndi LaFrese (Inspector Goring) was last seen on the Live Theatre Workshop's mainstage in BOEING BOEING (Gretchen) and in All Together Theatre's THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (Dorothy), PETER AND THE WOLF (Peter), and THE NIGHTINGALE (Fu Yin). Other acting credits include AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN, TOP GIRLS, and THE MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS. Cyndi has performed in schools throughout Tucson with Stories that Soar! since 2010, and she currently teaches classes here at Live Theatre Workshop. She is thrilled to be a part of this production!
Stephen Frankenfield (William Gillette) is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City. He wrote and directed All Together Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and he was a creative collaborator for Etcetera’s production of MIXTAPE. He was most recently seen in the production of LOOT. Other notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include TWO INTO ONE, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I HATE HAMLET, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, AND TUNA CHRISTMAS. Notable directing credits include BOEING BOEING, SOUVENIR, MOON OVER BUFFALO, and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. He has been nominated for 4 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and twice for directing. Recently he has joined the LTW staff as the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming.