Gulfshore Playhouse to Present THE GAME'S AFOOT, 2/21-3/16

Gulfshore Playhouse will present the hilarious-whodunit-meets-screwball comedy, Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot February 21st through March 16th, with a $25 preview performance on February 20th.

This new play from master of comedy Ken Ludwig, the playwright who brought us The Fox on the Fairway, brings murder, mystery, mayhem and madcap adventure to our 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.

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose many hits on Broadway, in London's West End and throughout the world have made his name synonymous with modern comedy. His shows have won him the Laurence Olivier Award, England's highest theatre honor, as well as three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Ken Ludwig is also the author of the popular Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.

On Sunday, March 2nd, Ken Ludwig will do an exclusive talkback following the matinee performance, as a part of Gulfshore Playhouse's Synergy Series. Mr. Ludwig will speak about his illustrious career and answer audience questions. You must have a ticket to the 3pm show on March 2nd to attend this talkback.

On Monday, March 3rd, Gulfshore Playhouse will be presenting Page to Stage, featuring a Universe Premiere of the first act of two of Ken's brand new plays in a staged reading format. The reading will begin at 3:00pm, and will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and give feedback. Tickets to this exclusive event are available now and are $20 each.

"I am truly honored that Ken will be here to watch our production of his play, and thrilled that he's willing to talk with our audiences after the show. I look forward to working with Ken on his two hot-off-the-presses works," states Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse.

The Game's Afoot will be directed by Michael Marotta. Michael has directed The Fox on the Fairway at Hot Summer Nights Theater and Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. Michael spent seven seasons as Artistic Director for The Theatre Barn in the Berkshires, where he directed more than twenty-five plays and musicals. An accomplished cabaret director and performer, Michael has twice been the recipient of both the BACKSTAGE Bistro Award and the Mac Award for his solo shows in his home town of New York City.

William Gillette will be played by Gulfshore Playhouse's Artistic Associate, Cody Nickell. Naples audiences will recognize Cody from last season's 'Art' and The Whipping Man, and this season's Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. Cody also directed Gulfshore Playhouse's productions of Something Intangible and God of Carnage. Cody's other theatre credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes Nomination), Arcadia (Helen Hayes Nomination), The School for Scandal, Macbeth; Woolly Mammoth: Clybourne Park (Helen Hayes Nomination), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, Cody is a three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee and the winner of The Connecticut Critics' Circle Award.




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