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Steve Robert Pounds, Mark Shum, Richard Stubblefield, Robert Gemaehlich (lower)
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 Theatre Company.

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
Regional Premiere
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
Regional Premiere
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

The Children
Regional Premiere
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 the world.

"Excellent...both human and humane, keeps you guessing" - Chicago Tribune

Church & State
Regional Premiere
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!
Regional Premiere
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
Regional Premiere
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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