Liz Wisan to Lead Female-Driven BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Dorset Theatre Festival

Liz Wisan to Lead Female-Driven BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Dorset Theatre FestivalDorset Theatre Festival continues its 40th Anniversary Season with the Regional Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, under the direction of Jen Wineman (Twelfth Night at Asolo Rep, Sweeney Todd at Playmakers Rep) runs for 16 performances between July 13 - 29, 2017. All performances take place at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset.

In Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" before a family curse dooms its latest heir. Watch as the intrepid investigators untangle a dizzying web of clues and deceit. Does a wild hellhound really prowl the moors? Can Sherlock and Dr. Watson discover the truth in time? Silly accents and disguises abound as 5 actors portray over 40 characters in this fast-paced comic mystery.

The ensemble cast is led by Liz Wisan (The Servant of Two Masters at Theatre for a New Audience), a Festival newcomer whose portrayal of Sherlock Holmes will lend a fresh twist to the much-beloved sleuth. She is joined by Dave Quay (Netflix's House of Cards, Gotham) as Dr. John Watson, the detective's trusted confidant.

"Once in awhile, you are lucky enough to find an actress who can do anything and everything, and Liz Wisan simply blew away the competition when we were searching for our Sherlock in New York City this spring. Liz will join the ranks of the great virtuoso actresses like Katherine Hepburn, Glenn Close and Fiona Shaw, who have played traditionally male roles. We are thrilled to present this twist on Sherlock and welcome to our stage a star in the making. Our audiences are going to be delighted by her, and we could not be more excited," says Artistic Director Dina Janis.

Rounding out the ensemble and portraying a motley medley of over 40 characters, are actors Brian Owen (Baskerville at Cleveland Play House and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Caitlin Clouthier (Table Manners at Dorset Theatre Festival), and Raji Ahsan (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Asolo Rep).

Playwright Ken Ludwig 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 won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, 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.

As a supplement to Dorset Theatre Festival's production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, audiences are also invited to a discussion with Lyndsay Faye, author of The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, at 5pm on Thursday, July 6 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

Dorset Theatre Festival, sponsored for its 40th season by Manchester Designer Outlets, creates bold and innovative theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring its audience through the celebration of great plays produced with the highest degree of artistry.

Dorset Theatre Festival's 2017 mainstage summer season includes Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck, running June 22-July 8; Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, running July 13-29; The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, running August 3-19; and American Buffalo by David Mamet, running August 24-September 2. All performances take place at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, VT.

Single tickets and subscriptions for the 2017 Summer Season are on sale. The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ex. 2 Tuesday through Saturday 12-6pm (8pm on performance days) and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets and subscriptions online, visit Dorset Theatre Festival's website at

Pictured: Liz Wisan

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