Long Wharf Theatre to present Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE
Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox.
Performances take place February 28 through March 25, 2018 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage. Tickets start at $29.
The cast includes Kelly Hutchinson (Actress 1), Christopher Livingston (Actor 2), Alex Moggridge (Sherlock Holmes), Brian Owen (Actor 1), and Daniel Pearce (Dr. Watson). The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (set design), Lex Liang (costume design), Robert Wierzel (lighting design), Victoria (toy) Deiorio (sound design), Kathy Snyder (stage manager), Calleri Casting (casting.)
Comedic genius and Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch Sherlock Holmes try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Baskerville is a fast-paced and joyful comedy teeming with theatrical inventiveness.
"In Baskerville, I've tried to stretch the genres of comedy and mystery by taking a story that plays out on a large scale - on London streets, in railway stations and on the bleak, mysterious moors of Devon - and creating it with five actors playing more than 40 roles," Ludwig added. "My hope is that the play will speak to the raw, creative joy of being in a live theater and telling a compelling story in a wildly new way."
The play received its world premiere at Arena Stage and the McCarter Theatre in 2015. "There is something romantic at the heart of Sherlock Holmes that touches all of us. He is quixotic, cerebral, dashing and inspiring. But there is also something dark and dangerous about Holmes, and we admire him for the courage with which he fights his demons," Ludwig said in an interview with Arena Stage.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
KEN LUDWIG (Playwright) 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, The Old Globe 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.
BRENDON FOX (Director) Regional directing credits include: Relatively Speaking (Dog Days Theatre), Baskerville (Cleveland Playhouse/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Pitmen Painters (American Stage), Alabama Story (Peninsula Players), Peter and the Starcatcher and Angels in America (Parts One and Two) (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Fallen Angels (Theatre at Monmouth), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Houston Shakespeare Festival),Shipwrecked! (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Much Ado About Nothing with Dana Delany (Old Globe Theatre), Opus (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Peninsula Players, LA Theatre Works), The Learned Ladies (Texas Shakespeare Festival), the LA premiere of The Lady with All the Answers (Pasadena Playhouse), Lobby Hero (FSU/Asolo Rep), Love's Labors Lost (Academy of Classical Acting), Private Lives and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (LATW National Tours), As You Like It (Weston Theatre Company). He has workshopped new plays at the JAW New Play Festival at Portland Center Stage, New Harmony Project and the Asolo Unplugged Series. His next project is Love's Labors Lost at Colorado Shakespeare Festival.www.foxdirector.com
KELLY HUTCHINSON (Actress 1) Broadway/BAM: The Crucible (Directed by Ivo Van Hove), The Master Builder (with John Turturro), Desire Under the Elms, Major Barbara, Macbeth. Off-Broadway: The Government Inspector (Redbull Theater with Michael Urie); The Liar by David Ives (Classic Stage Company, Directed by Michael Kahn); Lives of The Saints by David Ives (Primary Stages, Directed by Jon Rando); OR, (The Women's Project); The Voyage of the Carcass (Soho Playhouse), Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (NYTW); Romola and Nijinski (Primary Stages). Regional: David Ives' The Heir Apparent(Shakespeare Theatre), Emma (Old Globe), How Shakespeare Won The West (Huntington), The Unmentionables (Yale Rep, Directed by Anna D. Shapiro), and more. TV: "The Blacklist," The Good Wife," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SUV," "Hack," "The Jury," "Strangers with Candy". Films: Don Peyote,Catch Me If You Can, Slippery Slope, and The Sea Is All I Know with Melissa Leo.
CHRISTOPHER LIVINGSTON (Actor 2) His New York theater credits include: Julius Caesar (The Delacorte), On The Grounds of Belonging, Party People, The Urban Retreat (The Public), Normativity (NYMF), peerless (Cherry Lane), The Architecture of Becoming (Women's Project). Regional: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Unfortunates (American Conservatory Theater), peerless (Yale Rep), Party People, The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival /Berkeley Rep), The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage), The Imaginary Invalid, The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Henry IV pt. 1 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Virginia Stage Company), Film: Service To Man. Television: "Instinct," "Unforgettable." Education: B.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University.
ALEX MOGGRIDGE (Sherlock Holmes) is delighted to return to the Long Wharf after previously appearing in It's a Wonderful Life and Clybourne Park. Other theatre credits: Mary Zimmerman's Treasure Island (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); world premieres of I Will Be Gone and Eat Your Heart Out(Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville); West Coast Premiere and international tour of Chinglish (Berkeley Rep/South Coast Rep/Hong Kong Arts Festival); Three Sisters (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep); The Beard of Avon, A Christmas Carol, The Threepenny Opera (American Conservatory Theater); The Weir, By the Bog of Cats (San Jose Rep); The Entertainer, Betrayed (Aurora Theatre Company); The Pillowman (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre); as well as productions at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Artists Repertory Theatre, B Street Theatre, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: "The Defenders," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Batman Begins, Trauma. Alex is also a playwright. His play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet recently appeared at New York's Access Theatre.
BRIAN OWEN (Actor One) Once moor unto the mire, dear friends! Once more! This marks production number four of Baskerville (twice previously with director Brendon Fox). New York credits include Mr. Collins in a new musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Never Have I Ever, and Lisa and Leonardo. Regional credits include Shakespeare in Love, Camelot (with Robert Sean Leonard at Westport Country Playhouse), Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher, South Pacific, Both Your Houses, The Matchmaker, and Sense and Sensibility (with Jon Jory at ATL). He's been in A Midsummer Night's Dream too many times to count. Film/TV credits include "Hack my Life" and Make Rome Great Again. He is a member of the political art collective Never Caesar whose viral video Trump-rested Development was featured by Time Magazine, Slate, and Vulture. His favorite role is husband to his wife Nicole. MFA: FSU/Asolo. Proud member AEA and Team Boals. Twitter: @bistrowen
DANIEL PEARCE (Doctor Watson) Long Wharf Theatre: Arms and the Man. Broadway: Machinal (Roundabout), 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Macbeth, Measure For Measure, Henry V, Henry VI, King Lear, Ping Pong (Public), The Most Deserving (City Center Stage II),Falling (Minetta Lane), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Rep), among others. Regional: Guthrie, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theater DC, McCarter, George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Playmakers Rep, Geva Theater. Member of Acting Company playing Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet and performing in Loves' Fire across the country and at the Barbican in London. Film/Television: Salt, Invisible Sign, Murder of a President, Clowns, Godzilla. All the "Law & Orders," "Chapelle's Show," "Damages," "Queen's Supreme," "All My Children," "As the World Turns". 2017 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. MFA from NYU. Upcoming in spring 2018: World premiere of Noah Haidle's Birthday Candles.