McLean Community Players Presents Ken Ludwig’s ‘The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays’ 9/26-10/12/14 in McLean’s Alden Theatre by Cathy Farnsworth

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The McLean Community Players (MCP) present the area premier of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, opening September 26, 2014, in McLean’s Alden Theatre.

Police Inspector Goring (Elizabeth Replogle) listens as Felix Geisel (Stephen T. Wheeler), Madge Geisel (Melissa Dunlap), and William Gillette (Frank Gorrell) explain the solution to the murder. Photo by Toby Chieffo-Reidway.
Police Inspector Goring (Elizabeth Replogle) listens as Felix Geisel (Stephen T. Wheeler), Madge Geisel (Melissa Dunlap), and William Gillette (Frank Gorrell) explain the solution to the murder. Photo by Toby Chieffo-Reidway.

Veteran director Bob Sams leads an award-winning cast and crew. The Edgar Award–winning The Game’s Afoot, opens Friday, September 26th and runs weekends through October 12th, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees, September 28 and October 12, at 2 p.m.

This mystery comedy opens in 1936 with the cast of the long-running Broadway hit Sherlock Holmes, brought together at the Connecticut castle home of the show’s author and star to solve both an attempted murder and a successful murder at the theater. During their solution attempts, there is yet another murder, and Broadway’s Holmes and his actor colleagues are the suspects with a local Police Inspector trying to solve the murder while everyone is snowed in. Bodies appear, disappear and reappear, there are hidden rooms, hidden microphones and other gadgets, murder, mayhem, many misunderstandings and a surprise ending. It’s a fast-paced evening of fun.

The just-married couple, Aggie Wheeler (Carolyn Schaumburg) and Simon Bright (Michael Schwartz). Photo by Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.
The just-married couple, Aggie Wheeler (Carolyn Schaumburg) and Simon Bright (Michael Schwartz). Photo by Toby Chieffo-
Reidway.

Director Bob Sams says, “It is always a privilege and challenge to do the first area production of a play, particularly one by a playwright of the stature of Ken Ludwig, author of Moon Over Buffalo, A Fox on the Fairway, and Lend Me A Tenor. I’m delighted to have this talented cast and production crew to present this comedy/mystery. When an actor who has played Sherlock Holmes for twenty years is faced with a murder to solve – he’s Sherlock Holmes, what could possibly go wrong?” Come and see.

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Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot plays weekends, from September 26-October 12 , 2014 at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre-1234 Ingleside Avenue, in McLean, VA. Tickets are $18 to $20, and group rates are available. For more information, call (703) 790-9223, or visit www.McLeanPlayers.org. Tickets are available at the Alden Box Office, through OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111 or at www.McLeanPlayers.org.

The Game’s Afoot is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Through a cooperative agreement with The Metropolitan Washington Ear, along with the support of the Alden Theatre, audio description services for individuals with vision challenges will be offered at the October 11 performance.

The McLean Community Players, based in McLean, VA., celebrate both the musical and dramatic theater traditions. Putting up four shows a year–two musicals and two plays–MCP is committed to doing theater for the community, in the community, with the community, and sustained by the community.

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The Game’s Afoot Creative Team

Co-Producers-Annie O’Neill Galvin, Diane Sams

Director-Robert Sams

Assistant Director- Jerry Gideon

Stage Manager-Karen Veltri

Assistant Stage Manager- Shayne Gardner

Set Designer-Bill Glikbarg

Lighting Designer-Lynne Glikbarg

Assistant Lighting Designer-Lauren Thomas

Sound Designer-Revathi Murthy

Props and Set Dressing-Jerry Gideon

Construction Chief-George Farnsworth

Costumes, Hair, Makeup-Susan Boyd

Fight Choreographer-Carl Brandt Long

House Manager-Columba Hoban

Madge Geisel (Melissa Dunlap) slaps her husband Felix (Stephen T. Wheeler) after finding out in front of all the other guests that he has been unfaithful. Photo by  Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.
Madge Geisel (Melissa Dunlap) slaps her husband Felix (Stephen T. Wheeler) after finding out in front of all the other guests that he has been unfaithful. Photo by Toby Chieffo-Reidway.

The Game’s Afoot Cast 

Role-Actor

William Gillette-Frank Gorrell

Martha Gillette-Kathryn (Katie) Johnston

Aggie Wheeler-Carolyn Schaumburg

Madge Geisel-Melissa Dunlap

Felix Geisel-Stephen T. Wheeler

Daria Chase-Dina Soltan

Simon Bright-Michael Schwartz

Inspector Goring-Elizabeth Replogle