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February 12, 2013 > Theatre: Sherlock Holmes

Theatre: Sherlock Holmes

The Final Adventure

Submitted By Susan E. Evans

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre opens its 2013-14 Season of Mystery & Romance 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. Directed by Kendall Tieck, the play features an ensemble of Bay Area performers including Craig Dickerson as Sherlock Homes, Scott G. Hartman as Dr. Watson, Steve Schwartz as Professor Moriarty, J. Geoffrey Colton as The King of Bohemia, Sarah Klaren as Irene Adler, Brian O'Connor as James Larrabee, Eve McElheney as Madge Larrabee, and Bruce Kaplan as Sid Prince.

Combining two of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, "The Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem," 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, malevolent Professor Moriarty.

Dietz is one of America's most prolific and widely-produced contemporary playwrights. His more than 30 plays have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway and internationally. In addition to winning the 2007 Edgar Award(r) for Drama, Dietz is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and a recipient of the PEN USA West Award in Drama. He also has extensive directing credits at many leading regional theatres, including San Jose Repertory Theatre in the Bay Area. Dietz teaches playwriting and directing at the University of Texas at Austin and regularly directs at the University's ZACH Theatre where his newest commissioned work, "Mad Beat", will premiere in April 2013.

Director Kendall Tieck has produced, designed, directed, and acted in West Coast theatre for 35 years. Among his directing credits are: "Carousel", "Oklahoma!" (DMT-2003; Tri- Valley Repertory- 2012), "A Few Good Men", "I Hate Hamlet", "The Man who Came to Dinner", "A Flea in Her Ear", "Move over Mrs. Markham", "Harvey", "Blithe Spirit" and "A Christmas Carol".

"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" previews on Thursday, February 14, opens February 15 at 8 p.m., and runs through March 10. There will be a special Saturday matinee on March 2 at 2 p.m., followed by a talkback session with the director and cast. Tickets are $10 for the preview show, with regular admission $29 for adults, $26 for seniors 60 and over, and $21 for students and TBA members with ID. 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

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
Feb 14 - Mar 10
8 p.m. (Sundays: 2 p.m.)
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 - $29

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