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February 5, 2013 > Season of 'Mystery & Romance' Theatre

Season of 'Mystery & Romance' Theatre

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) proudly announces a new season of award-winning plays, "A Season of Mystery & Romance." The season begins with a bang in February with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," by Steven Dietz. The play, based on the original 1899 script by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, and will be directed by Kendall Tieck. Next up in May is Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice,"a contemporary reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, directed by DMT Artistic Director Susan E. Evans. In September, DMT presents the ghost story "The Woman in Black" by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the book by Susan Hill, to be directed by Marilyn Langbehn. In November 2013, DMT will mark the return of former long-time Artistic Director, Nancy Engle, who will take the helm of the musical romance "110 in the Shade."

The season continues into 2014 with a world-premiere adaptation by Bay Area playwright Scott Munson of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," to be directed by Susan E. Evans. In April 2014, the mainstage season concludes when DMT takes it on the road with its first-ever youth-oriented show, "James & the Giant Peach," Roald Dahl's fantasy adventure for children.

"The first thing you may notice is our extended season," Evans said. "From January 2013 through June 2014 we'll be offering six fully-staged shows, plus six staged readings in our Bare Bones series, and two rounds of our wildly successful Playwriting CageMatch contest. By the fall of 2014, DMT's season will align with the seasons of other local theatre groups, and we hope that will help our audiences plan their calendars."

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. Information is also available at

2013-2014 Season:

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
February 14 - March 10
Combining two of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, "The Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Adventure," award-winning playwright Steven Dietz's fast-paced thriller packs a punch. Hot on the trail with their latest case, the world's greatest detective and his able sidekick Doctor Watson tangle with a temptress only to find themselves in the clutches of Sherlock's longtime adversary, the malevolent Professor Moriarty.

May 16 - June 9
A luminous re-imagining of the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his young bride Eurydice. Sarah Ruhl, winner of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and one of America's foremost contemporary young playwrights, enchants and moves us with her inventive new look at a timeless love story.

The Woman in Black
September 5 - 29
On the windswept salt marshes lies Eel Marsh House. Junior solicitor Arthur Kipps is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant for many years. Hidden behind the shuttered windows lie tragic and terrible secrets. Now in its 23rd year in London's West End, "The Woman in Black" is a ghost story that will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment the curtain rises.

110 in the Shade
November 14 - December 8
Based on N. Richard Nash's classic play "The Rainmaker," "110 in the Shade" tells the story of Lizzie Curry, a love-starved woman living with her family on a rain-starved ranch in the American southwest. Filled with achingly beautiful music and dynamic dance numbers (originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille), "110 in the Shade" is a heartfelt musical romance you don't want to miss.

An Ideal Husband
February 6 - March 2, 2014
In Oscar Wilde's brilliantly witty comedy, fate catches up to politician Sir Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter revealing a past misdeed. Is this a public scandal or private shame? Bay Area playwright Scott Munson brings us a sparkling new adaptation of the 117-year-old play in a modern setting.

James & the Giant Peach
April 28 - May 4, 2014
Join James and his insect friends, old-green-grasshopper, the earthworm, the centipede and others as they escape his cruel aunts Spiker and Sponge and embark on a wildly enchanting and magical journey -- an epic adventure on a giant peach they'll never forget. Based on the much loved classic children's book by Roald Dahl, the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Bare Bones Tuesdays
April 2: TBA
July 30: TBA
October 8: TBA
January 7, 2014: TBA
April 1, 2014: TBA
Staged readings of edgier pieces by contemporary writers. No tech stuff - just the words and the stories. Open seating and all tickets are $10.

Playwriting Cagematch
June 10
July 12-13, 2014
"Tales of the Hairless Raccoon" was a wild and wooly success in 2012, so we're making the contest an annual event. Join us as playwrights from far and wide square off -- only one will emerge victorious! We'll pick the theme, send it out into the playwright's universe, and narrow the field to a few short plays to present as staged readings. You, the audience, take part in the action by voting for your favorite play.

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