Playing October 18 – November 3, 2013 at the Historic Dock Street Theatre
Charleston, SC September 23, 2013 – There’s nothing elementary about Charleston Stage’s upcoming steampunk-inspired production of contemporary playwright, Steven Deitz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. “While we wanted to remain true to the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, with so many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes about, we decided to take a unique twist on this age old tale,” explained Director Julian Wiles. “Holmes himself looked at the world from an odd and unique angle and we decided to do the same. We found a great start in Steve Deitz’s thrilling recent adaptation, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Winner of the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Mystery Play, which anchors Holmes’ final adventure in the world of Author Conan Doyle but gives the story a modern momentum that’s a thrill a minute. Punctuated with humor, romance and clashes of intellect and fisticuffs, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure provides a unique look at a story everyone thinks they know.
To create a unique Steam-punk inspired look the Victorian world of Sherlock Holmes, Charleston Stage turned to guest costume Designer, Janine McCabe, Associate Professor of Costume Design at the College of Charleston who has served as guest designer for leading theatres across the country. McCabe has created more than a score of fantastical costumes for Sherlock and his friends-original costumes which are being built exclusively for this production. “For the costume design of Sherlock Holmes,” says McCabe, “we hoped to add just a hint of steam punk influence and lots of color to spice up the already exciting and well known world of Sherlock. Our goal was to enable the visual world to represent the late 19th century with a flare that appeals to the modern eye through color and detail.”
The production also features seven original sets ranging from Holmes’s famed 221B Baker Street study to a London Gasworks to the ranging waters of Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps. All have been created by Ken Barnett, Charleston Stage’s Resident Scenic Designer. “Since the play is a puzzle”, says Barnett, “who will win – Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective or his nemesis, the diabolical Professor Moriarty, the world’s cleverest criminal. I’ve made each scenic element in the shape of a puzzle – it will be up to the audience to collect all the pieces and put the puzzle together.”
Charleston Stage’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, features an all professional cast. “Folks often think of Holmes and Watson as two old fogies,” says Director Wiles, “but nothing could be farther from the truth. In most of the original stories the dynamic duo of Holmes and Watson are in their twenties. In our production the leads are played by the youthful members of Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company. Taking the role of Sherlock is Jacob Dickey, his trusty but sometimes dimwitted sidekick Dr. Watson is played by Jesse Siak, the love of Holmes’s life, opera singer Irene Worth is played by Katrin Murdock, the dastardly Professor Moriarty is played by Aaron Hancock and the King of Bohemia by George Dippold. Rounding out the cast is Resident Actor Celine Keefe and Patrick Arnheim, Michael David Wilson and Luke Shaw.
A Study in Scarlet, A Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventure of the Final Problem) but also draws on the original 1899 adaption that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself worked on with acclaimed 19th century actor, William Gillette. Gillette performed the play all over the world for more than 30 years and 5,000 performances making it one of the most profitable plays of the early 20th Century. Steven Deitz’s unique 21st Century adaptation is sure to follow suit.
About the Story
The world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler – and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers – surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. “The game is afoot, Watson – and it is a dangerous one!”
October 18th: ”Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.” Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; By Steven Dietz; Based on the Original 1899 Play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle; Directed by Julian Wiles. Seemingly at the end of his remarkable career, the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes is called back to service in a tantalizing case of blackmail that pits the world’s greatest detective and his brave friend, Dr. Watson, in a struggle to the death with the diabolical Professor James Moriarty – the Napoleon of Crime! With a thrilling new adaptation by contemporary playwright, Steven Dietz, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure has everything Holmes fans hope for: romance, danger, humor, twists, turns and of course mystery! The game is afoot! October 18-19, 23-26, 31 and Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and October 20, 27 and Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. $34.50 – $53.50 for Adults, $32.50 – $51.50 for Seniors (60+) and $22.50 – $41.50 for Students (25 and under) and Active Military. Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183..
October 20, 2013 Su 3:00pm
October 27, 2013 Su 3:00pm
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Credits:
Based on the Original 1899 Play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Julian Wiles
Scenic Design by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Lighting Design by Paul Hartmann
Costume Design by Janine McCabe
Properties by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Technical Direction by Paul Hartmann
Production Stage Management by Mercedes Coley
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Cast:
Newsboy/Hoologan On Street/Swiss Boy – Luke Shaw**
* Member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-2014 Professional Resident Acting Company
** Member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-2014 TheatreSchool Performance Troupe
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Actor Bios
Jacob Dickey (Sherlock Holmes)
Jacob is ecstatic to kick off his first season with Charleston Stage! A recent graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre, he is proud to make his professional debut amongst such talented and passionate theatre folk. Some of his favorite past roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Paul in Kiss Me, Kate, Allen in bobrauschenbergamerica and Juan Julian in Anna in the Tropics. He would like to send love and gratitude to his family and friends for their unending support! Jacob is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Jacob as Dwayne in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
Jesse is from Hendersonville, North Carolina, and is extremely excited and honored to be a part of Charleston Stage’s 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company! Some favorite roles include: Narrator (The Rocky Horror Show), Steve/Randy/Dave (Almost, Maine), Aviator (The Little Prince), Bellhop (Lend Me a Tenor) and Jose (Man of La Mancha) with Flat Rock Playhouse; Jamie (Bright Lights, Big City), Buddy (The Mistakes Madeline Made), Ratty (The Wind in the Willows) and Bobby (The Boy Friend) with Catawba College. Outside of theatre, Jesse loves spending time with his family, rooting for the Cubs and Steelers, hillbillying out to some bluegrass, watching movies and clowning around-literally. Thanks to my awesome family for all its love and support! You may have recently seen Jesse as Joe in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
Aaron is excited to debut at the Dock Street Theatre in such a fun, exciting show. Regional theater credits include Gad/Baker (Joseph), Gabe Green (Breaking Up is Hard to Do) and Randy/Dave (Almost, Maine) with Newstage Theater in Jackson, MS. He received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College where he was also constantly participating in musicals. He spent the summer of ’08 in Falmouth, MA performing with the College Light Opera Company as well. Aaron is thankful to have been surrounded by loving family and friends who support his passion. Aaron is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Aaron as Bob Enright in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
George is elated to be performing with Charleston Stage in his first adventure outside of Virginia, where he recently graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Theatre & Dance. Favorite roles at JMU include: Matt (Red Light Winter), Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), Santiago (Anna in the Tropics), Ralph Clark (Our Country’s Good) and Orpheus/ Cyex/ Philamon (Metamorphoses). He has worked with Clever By Half Productions: Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Empty Chair Theatre: Richard (Richard II), Sebastian (Twelfth Night). George wants to thank his wonderful family, girlfriend and friends for all their love! George is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen George as Mr. Tinsworthy in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
Patrick is excited to be making his stage debut with Charleston Stage in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. He is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. Patrick recently performed on stage in Thomas and Judy Heath’s Perfectly Normel People at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival and in Upon My Word at The Player’s Club in Manhattan. He also appeared in a solo, stand-up comedy act at the famous Ella club in lower Manhattan. Recent TV/Film credits include LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, TROPHY KIDS, and an acclaimed web-series Casters. Patrick would like to send much love to his parents, Juliette and Bill, and many, many thanks to the entire cast.
Michael is extremely excited to be performing with Charleston Stage once more. He is a graduate of the Charleston School of the Arts. Some of his past favorite roles include: Robert Renfield (Dracula), Hamlet (Hamlet) and Antipholus of Syracuse (Comedy of Errors). You may remember Michael in last season’s production of Nevermore where he played the roles of Miguel/Legrand/Ensemble. Michael is the co-founder of North Road Productions, an independent film studio. Some film credits include Jesse Fields (Only the Good) and Micah Lawrence (Love, Micah). He would like to thank his parents for their endless love and support.
Celine is thrilled to be joining the 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company at Charleston Stage! Some of her favorite roles include the Witch (Into the Woods), Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown: The Musical), Gloria Thorpe (Damn Yankees) and Olivia (Twelfth Night) with the Live Literature Company in London, England. She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and recently graduated from Niagara University with her BFA in Theatre Performance and BA in Political Science. Celine would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support. You may have recently seen Celine as Doralee Rhodes in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
Katrin is incredibly excited to be joining Charleston Stage this season! Regionally, she has performed the roles of Wendla in Spring Awakening (Phoenix Theatre) and Petra in A Little Night Music (Theater Works). Other favorite stage credits include: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Little Edie (Grey Gardens the Musical), Lily (The Secret Garden), Mariane (Tartuffe), Woman 1 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katrin holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Many thanks to her family and friends for their endless support! Katrin is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2013-14 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Katrin as Judy Bernly in Charleston Stage’s 9 to 5: The Musical.
Luke Shaw is a 6th grade student at Charleston County School of the Arts and has been taking classes with Charleston Stage since kindergarten. Some of his roles include Michael Darling in Peter Pan and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.You may remember Luke in last season’s production of A Christmas Story as Ralphie/Grover Dill and in this season’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. as Flounder. Luke loves acting and is grateful for the opportunities that Charleston Stage has provided him. When he is not acting or doing homework, Luke enjoys playing mandolin, writing stories, reading comic books, riding his bike and spending time with his brother.