Steve Robert Pounds, Mark Shum, Richard Stubblefield, Robert Gemaehlich (lower)
Evan Michael Woods
Stage West - Holmes & Watson
Performance: May 30 to Jun 30 2019
By: Jeffrey Hatcher
Sherlock Holmes is dead-he died in a struggle with his nemesis, Professor
Moriarty, as both went over the edge of the cliff at Reichenbach Falls. Or
did he? The plot is definitely about to thicken, as Stage West presents the
regional premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Holmes and Watson, in a 5-week regional
premiere run at Stage West beginning Thursday, May 30.
Three years after the disappearance of Holmes, his loyal assistant
Dr. John Watson has been summoned by a Dr. Evans to a remote island asylum
(on a dark and stormy night, of course!) to investigate three inmates, all
of whom claim to be the great detective. It's not Watson's first investigation
of this sort, Holmes's body never having been found, but all previous claimants
have turned out to be imposters. Will the same prove true here, or has the
real Holmes actually been found, alive? Watson is about to be drawn into a web
of intrigue and murder, and the audience will be carried right along with him
in this supremely entertaining and surprising mystery.
Talking Broadway called it "Smashing. Full of twists and turns that will keep
you on the edge of your seat."
Jeffrey Hatcher's Broadway credits include: Never Gonna Dance (book).
Off-Broadway credits include: Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club;
The Government Inspector at Red Bull Theater; Scotland Road and The Turn Of The Screw at
Primary Stages; Lucky Duck (book w/ Bill Russell) at the New Victory Theater;
Tuesdays With Morrie (w/ Mitch Albom) at the Minetta Lane Theatre; Murder By Poe
and A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court at the Acting Company; Ten Chimneys
at Peccadillo Theater Company; NEDDY at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at
Manhattan Punchline. Other theatre credits include: Compleat Female Stage Beauty,
Mrs. Mannerly, Murderers, Mercy of a Storm, Smash, Armadale, Korczak's Children,
Work Song, To Fool The Eye, Sherlock Holmes and The Suicide Club, Jeffrey Hatcher's
Hamlet, The Scarecrow and His Servant, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Critic, and
others at the Guthrie, the Old Globe, Yale Rep, the Geffen, Seattle Rep,
Huntington Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse,
Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Rep,
the Empty Space, Indiana Rep, Children's Theatre Company, History Theatre,
Madison Rep, Intiman Theatre, Illusion Theater, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theatre of
St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Asolo
Repertory Theatre, City Theater, Studio Arena, and dozens more in the US and
abroad. FILM/TV: "Stage Beauty," "Casanova," "The Duchess," "Mr. Holmes,"
"The Good Liar," "Columbo," "Murder at the Cannes Film Festival," and "The Mentalist."
Grants/Awards: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award,
Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation,
Barrymore Award (Best New Play), and the 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is a member and/or alumnus of the Playwrights' Center, the Dramatists Guild,
the Writers Guild, and New Dramatists.
Holmes and Watson will be directed by WingSpan Theatre Company founder and
Producing Artistic Director Susan Sargeant. The cast features Managing Director
Mark Shum, most recently seen in Stage West's Everybody, as Dr. Watson, Ashley
Wood, whose many Stage West credits include multiple roles in Intimate Exchanges,
as Dr. Evans, Catherine D. DuBord, last at Stage West as Suzanne in Don't Dress
for Dinner, as Matron, and Jim Jorgensen, seen as Jake in How is it That We Live,
or Shakey Jake + Alice at Undermain, as Orderly. The three Holmeses will be
played by Richard Stubblefield (Holmes 1), seen as Vershinin in Three Sisters
at Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Robert Gemaehlich (Holmes 2), who appeared as Dr.
Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest at Encounters Theatre (NYC), and
Steve Robert Pounds (Holmes 3), seen as Kevin in Haunted for Our Productions
Set design is by Lauren A. Wheat, with lighting design by Bryan Stevenson,
costume design by Aaron Patrick DeClerk and Jeremy M. Bernardoni, sound
design by Lowell Sargeant, and props/set decor by Lynn Lovett.
Holmes and Watson will preview Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 and Friday, May 31
at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, June 30. Performance times will be
Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday
matinees at 3:00. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for
the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service
is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).
Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378),
or on the website, www.stagewest.org.
STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES EXCITING 2019-2020 SEASON!
Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 41st season!
The new season will offer six plays and patrons purchasing season tickets
before June 30 will be offered an extra pass. It's an exciting mix of shows:
all six are regional premieres, and one is a Pulitzer winner. Here it is:
The Lifespan of a Fact
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
November 7 - December 8, 2019
Based on a True-ish Story.
At a prestigious magazine publication, a determined, young employee is about
to be given an opportunity. The demanding editor-in-chief is giving him a big
assignment: she wants him to fact check a groundbreaking piece by an illustrious,
albeit unorthodox author. As the deadline approaches and the lines between
accuracy and artistic license blur, boundaries are crossed and the high-stakes
world of publishing becomes personal in this brand new comedy of conflict.
"Smart...rib-bustingly funny!" - The Wall Street Journal
Ada and the Engine
by Lauren Gunderson
January 9 - February 9, 2020
Meet the Woman Who Changed Technology.
Young and curious mathematician Ada Byron is caught between two worlds. Her
mother is pushing for a prestigious marriage to Lord Lovelace, hoping to repair
the damage Ada's father, the late Lord Byron, imposed on the family name. But
Ada sees the creative potential in the analytic engines created by her elder
friend and scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow,
these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future.
"Intriguing...the story is pretty irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle
by Lucy Kirkwood
March 12 - April 12, 2020
Tony Nominee for Best New Play
Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear
scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers
and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and
haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit: a
chilling and dangerous plan. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout
will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play
confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves
"Excellent...both human and humane, keeps you guessing" - Chicago Tribune
Church & State
by Jason Odell Williams
May 7 - June 7, 2020
The Separation of What Now?
Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of another school
shooting, a Republican U.S. Senator has a life-altering crisis of faith, and
makes an off-the-cuff comment that sends the entire campaign into a tailspin.
His wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage, but in a country where
religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you
reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that
is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
"Crackling... enjoyable, thought-provoking, and humorous. I wish every member
of Congress would see it!" -NPR
Into the Breeches!
by George Brant
July 2 - August 2, 2020
The Show Must Go On!
It's 1942, and there's a problem at Oberon Playhouse - with the director and
leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled. That
is until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home
and set out to put on an all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry V. An
increasingly unexpected team is assembled, with a hilariously desperate array
of thoughts and ideas, but united in desire. This delightful and moving
backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in
the hardest of times.
"Brilliant...fresh, witty and thoughtful...a total triumph." - Montgomery Advertiser
Between Riverside and Crazy
by Stephen Adly-Guirgis
August 27 - September 27, 2020
Pulitzer Prize Winner
House of Black and Blue.
Irrepressible ex-cop and recent widower Walter Washington is under a lot of
pressure. He's in an ongoing legal battle, clinging desperately to grievances
from the past. Barely holding on to the palatial rent-controlled Manhattan
apartment that he shares with his newly paroled son and a ragtag surrogate
family who call him "Pops", he is not ready to accept payout or surrender.
But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends,
a final ultimatum from former NYPD colleagues causes "Pops" to draw the line
and make some demands of his own.
"Dizzying...both utterly believable and not to be believed for a second." -
The New York Times
Visit Stage West:
Season tickets will go on sale May 31, and will range in price from $87 for a
3-show value pass to $180 for a premium 6-show pass.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be
available by June 3 online at www.stagewest.org.
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