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.
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.
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.
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.
The Game’s Afoot Creative Team
Co-Producers-Annie O’Neill Galvin, Diane 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
The Game’s Afoot Cast
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