09 Nov Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig. Show dates May 26 – June 10 2023. Tickets $25.00 and can be reserved using our online ticketing software, by calling our box office, or at the door.
Type: Main stage production (play)
Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius 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. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
Jim Fippin (Director) directing credits include: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Italian American Reconciliation, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Weathervane Playhouse); A Murder Is Announced, A Life in the Theatre, Don’t Drink the Water, Murder on the Nile, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Proof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, California Suite, Private Lives, Ten Little Indians, Art, Barefoot in the Park, Play It Again, Sam, Educating Rita, The Cocktail Hour, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, A Shot in the Dark, Betrayal, Chapter Two, Romantic Comedy, Bell, Book and Candle, Love Letters, Same Time, Next Year, Witness for the Prosecution, and 6 rms riv vu (Coach House Theatre); Hurlyburly and The American Dream (The University of Akron). Jim has appeared on stage at Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Weathervane, Coach House, Porthouse, Magical Theatre Company, The Players Guild, and Stan Hywet’s Shakespeare on the Terrace in productions of Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Holmes, Saint Joan, And Then There Were None, Hamlet, 1776, Shakespeare in Love, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Wild Goose, Kimberly Akimbo, The Mousetrap, Four Dogs and a Bone, Bus Stop, Uncle Vanya, August: Osage County, The Rainmaker, Custer, The Real Thing, The Odd Couple, The Lion in Winter, Jesus Christ Superstar, Noises Off, Twelfth Night, Another Antigone, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. At Western Reserve, he has appeared on stage in Cyrano de Bergerac, The Weir, Blithe Spirit, and Tartuffe. In 2005 he was recognized by the Akron Area Arts Alliance as the area’s outstanding theatre artist. Jim earned a BFA in Theatre from Otterbein, where he met his wife, Elaine, and where their daughter Emelie graduated Magna Cum Laude with the class of 2020.
Ashley Dyer (she/her) (Stage Manager) is delighted to be making her proper WRP debut with this hilarious show! Regular goers of the $5 Series of staged readings have likely seen her darting around the barn or lurking in the booth as she has stage-managed those readings since 2019 (with that interlude called COVID). Ashley recently appeared onstage as Agatha in The Children’s Hour at Stow Players. She is excited to be back in the stage manager’s seat alongside the wonderfully collaborative Jim Fippin. Big thanks to the entire cast and crew for helping to make this show a success! Love to her wonderful husband, family, and friends. Enjoy the show!
Richard Worswick (Dr. John Watson)
This is Richard’s first appearance with the Western Reserve Playhouse. He is thrilled to be playing the iconic Dr. Watson in this wonderful production of Baskerville.. This is the third production he has performed in with director Jim Fippin at the reins. The others were Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me as Michael and Love Valor and Compassion as Gregory Mitchell, both at the Weathervane Playhouse. Richard has appeared on stage in many Northeast Ohio productions at
such theaters as Weathervane Playhouse, none too fragile, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Dobama Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre, Coach House Theatre, The Bang and Clatter and Palace Theatres. He is honored to be performing at Western Reserve Playhouse, his hometown theatre.
Sullivan Ratcliff (Actor 1) – is thrilled to be a part of Western Reserve’s production of Baskerville. His previous roles include Moon from The Real Inspector Hound, Luke in The Haunting of Hill House, Sean Bateman in American Psycho: The Musical, Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Jetsam in The Little Mermaid. He would like to thank his best friend Lauren, as well as his biggest fans Katie and Emily Dushek for their love and support respectively.
Casey McMann (Man 2) is absolutely thrilled to once again be on the stage at WRP. He recently starred for WRP as Carbon in Cyrano de Bergerac and Tom in Fat Pig. Other credits include Agent Frank in Unnecessary Farce, Chris in Becky’s New Car, Narrator in Drunk Lovecraft and so many more! He is grateful for another opportunity to learn and expand his craft. As always he would like to thank his loved ones for their love and support and thank the audience for supporting live theater!
Zach Manthey (AUTOLYCUS) was last seen in the WRP stage just a couple of days ago as Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville and a couple months ago as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. He is beyond thrilled to keep his theatrical run going strong with Western Reserve Playhouses first ever Shakespeare in the parking lot series. As always Zach dedicates his performance to his first love – the late, great Brittany Murphy, who taught him all he knows about being cool.
Victoria Kirgesner-Hunsicker (Antigonus/Clown) is thrilled to be returning to the Western Reserve Playhouse stage. She was last seen at WRP in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Woman 1) The Weir (Valerie); other past WRP credits include Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Happy Hollandaise (Claire), Wit (Resident/Student 2), and Emma (Mrs. Weston). Other notable past productions include Five Times in One Night (Kacy) and Disaster! (Wealthy Wife) at Broadview Heights Spotlights, Pride and Prejudice (Jane) with the Millennial Theater Project, Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine Harper) with the Hudson Players, Miracle on 34th Street (Doris) at Chagrin Valley Little Theater, and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice Hubbell) at Brecksville Theatre. She hopes you enjoy this night of madcap sleuthing, and crazy characters. Thank you for supporting local theater!
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May 26 2023 at 8:00pm
May 27 2023 at 8:00pm
June 2 2023 at 8:00pm
June 3 2023 at 8:00pm
June 4 2023 at 2:00pm
June 9 2023 at 8:00pm
June 10 2023 at 8:00pm