BASKERVILLEA Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Made possible in part by
Alan Willsky & Susanna Natti
July 2 to July 25, Summer 2021
A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Directed by Jim O’Connorº
From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes Baskerville, a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. The timeless duo investigate a dizzying web of clues along with three actors who deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will run July 2 through 25. Performances are outdoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm at Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257R Granite St, Rockport, MA.
Show Approx Run Time
2 hrs + 15 min. intermission
Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 28 plays and musicals, including 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His other awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. Ken’s best known works include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Game’s Afoot, Baskerville, Sherwood, A Fox on the Fairway, A Comedy of Tenors and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, which will open in the West End next season. His play, The Gods of Comedy, premieres this season at The McCarter Theater in Princeton and The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. His newest plays are Moriarty and Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which will premiere this fall at Arena Stage. On Broadway and the West End, his plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Collins and Kristen Bell. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, and Cambridge University. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and is produced somewhere in the United States every night of the year. www.kenludwig.com
Jim O’Connor has maintained three careers; that of a professional theatre director, a university professor and as an administrator. He has directed in many of the professional Regional Theatres including the Alley Theatre, Stage West, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Wisdom Bridge and Northlight Theatres in Chicago, and The Walnut Street theatre in Philadelphia among others. He has also directed in New York and for the Dublin Theatre Festival. He directed regularly at the Repertory Theatre of St . Louis and has done numerous productions for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. These included Peg O’ My Heart, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, All’s Well That Ends Well, and other Shakespeare works. Since leaving the academic world in 2014 he continues to direct regularly with the most recent a production being Doll’s House Part2 for the 2018 Aspen Fringe Festival.
Anna Bortnick (Actress #1) is a Boston-based actor and improviser. Her recent credits include: ChekhovOS (Arlekin Players Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Parade (Moonbox Productions), Pride & Prejudice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). She also performs at ImprovBoston with the cast of Best New Musical and her team, NIGEL. She received her B.F.A. from Boston University and has trained at the National Theater Institute, Bard Berlin Theater, and the Chicago iO Improv Theater. www.annabortnick.com
William Gardiner* (John Watson) is thrilled to be making his debut at Gloucester Stage! Other regional credits include; It’s a Wonderful Life, Nutcracker, Christmas on the Air, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys on Ice, Lumberjacks in Love, Lobster Girl, The Irish and How They Got That Way (Greater Boston Stage Company); Troilus and Cressida, Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, Arcadia, Patience, Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance, Real Inspector Hound (Publick Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Legend of Tom Dooley (North Shore Music Theatre); Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, Romeo and Juliet, Something Funny Happened on the way to the Forum (Boston Theatre Works); King Lear (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Christmas Carol (New Rep); Alice (Wheelock Family Theatre); Loot, Paragon Park (Company Theatre). Bill is a graduate from Boston University School of Theatre with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a MFA in Theatre Education. Bill is a proud member of Stage Source and is currently the drama instructor at Boston University Academy.
Alex Jacobs (Actor #1) is a Boston based teaching artist. Dedicated Gloucester Stage patrons may remember him from the Never Dark reading of Darwin’s Basement. Alex is over the moon to make his full Gloucester Stage Stage Company debut with this amazingly fun classic! Previous credits include, The Rocky Horror Show (Moonbox), The Lyons (Titanic stage Co.) Steve (Zeitgeist), The T Party (Company One), The End of the World (Boston Actors Theatre), Dr Jekyl & Mr Hyde & Animals Out Of Paper (New Hampshire Theatre Award winner, Best Supporting Actor) (Hampstead Stage Co.), 39 Steps & Noises Off (Winnipesaukee Playhouse), Alex holds a BA in Theatre from Leeds University England, MFA in Acting from Brandeis and teaches as an adjunct professor at Brandeis, Bridgewater & Salem State. www.alexmjacobs.com
Julian Manjerico (Actor #2) is delighted to be making his Gloucester Stage debut this summer! A recent graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Acting, he most recently appeared as The Michaels in Wheelock Family Theater’s Make Way for Ducklings. Other credits include The Trainer/Monty in Yo-El Cassell’s original production of Sunlight Interior, Louis in Angels in America, and The Hero in MakeSpace Storage’s nationwide commercial advertisement. Thank you to his mentors and friends for always keeping him grounded and aware of his reality. It gets confusing when you play 10 roles in 2 hours! julianmanjerico.com Instagram: @jmanjerico_
Alexander Platt* (Holmes) Previous roles at Gloucester Stage: Austin in True West. Other area credits include: Macbeth, Social Creatures, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Mourners Bench, Love Alone (Trinity Rep); Stage Kiss, Chinglish (Lyric Stage Company); Hamlet (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Miss Holmes, Neville’s Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Greater Boston Stage Company); Assassins, Hedda Gabler, Far Away, Festen, Paul, Why Torture is Wrong…, Don Carlos (Gamm Theatre); Cloud 9, Arcadia, Insignificance (Nora Theatre); Futurity (Wilbury Group); The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Rep of Boston) The Etymology of Bird (Providence Black Rep); King Stag, Possible Worlds (Elemental Theatre); Bad Money, Falling Up (Perishable Theatre); The Pathological Passion of the Christ (La Mama Etc.) Alexander served as the Artistic Director of Elemental Theatre Collective in Providence, RI from 2006- 2012 and has an MFA in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory.
*=Denotes Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Marcella Barbeau (Lighting Design) (she/her) is a lighting designer based in New York
City and currently serves as the lighting supervisor for The Atlanta Opera. Her recent credits
include: The Threepenny Carmen, The Threepenny Opera (The Atlanta Opera), Dolores
Claiborne, Pelléas et Mélisande (Boston University Opera Institute), Native Gardens,
Barefoot in the Park, The Lifespan of a Fact, True West (Gloucester Stage), and Trayf (New
Repertory Theatre). As a Chinese American designer, Marcella actively seeks to collaborate
and amplify the voices of fellow BIPOC artists of all intersectionalities. She received her
Master of Fine Arts from Boston University.
Dewey Dellay (Original Music/Sound Design) Dewey is happy to be back in live theater
at Gloucester Stage, having worked on many shows here including last year’sThe Lifespan of
a Fact. Some other shows he has designed for in the area are Cardboard Piano, The Bakelite
Masterpiece (New Rep); The Little Foxes (Lyric Stage Company); Nat Turner in Jerusalem
(Actor’s Shakespeare Company); Constellations (Underground Railway Theater); Admissions
(SpeakEasy Stage): The Bacchae (Brandeis University);. In past years he has received an
Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE for Best Sound Design. Some
of his television credits include original music for Emmy nominated National Geographic’s
China’s Mystery Mummies, and he has composed music for five seasons of Our America with
Lisa Ling (OWN Channel.) Dewey is presently composing music for digital children’s books
produced by Live Oak Media.
Miranda Kau Giurleo (Costume Designer). Miranda is happy to return to Gloucester
Stage Company where previous designs include: The 39 Steps, Dancing at Lughnasa, True
West, The Effect, Totalitarians, Lettuce and Lovage, The New Electric Ballroom. Boston
area credits include: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberly, Native Gardens, A Christmas
Carol, The Royale, The Heath, Chill, Merrimack Repertory Theatre; School Girls; Or the
African Mean Girls Play, The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE Outstanding Costume Design Award),
Allegiance, SpeakEasy Stage Company; The Convert, Matchless/The Happy Prince, Matt
and Ben, Roots of Liberty, Central Square Theatre; Leftovers, Dry Land, Shockheaded Peter,
She Kills Monsters, Neighbors, The Good Negro, After the Quake, Company One; Romeo
& Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Commonwealth Shakespeare
Company’s 2nd Stage; Richard III, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Actor’s Shakespeare
Project. Miranda is an Associate Professor at Bridgewater State University.
Janie E. Howland (Scenic Design) is thrilled to be returning to live performances!
Recent designs include: Firebird (Abilities Dance Boston), Baskerville (Gloucester Stage),
Drowsy Chaperone (Virtual) (Concord Academy). Other venues: Lyric Stage Company,
NYCDanceAlliance, Lynn Redgrave Theatre (NY), Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown),
Harvard Univ., Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Moonbox Productions, Odyssey Opera, New
Rep, Weston Playhouse (VT), Boston Children’s Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Central
Square Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, Ohio Star Theatre (OH), A.R.T. Institute, Boston
Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory
Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (NJ), Huntington Theatre Studio. Univ. of Penn.
BA, Brandeis University MFA; 4 time Elliot Norton Award winner, 4 time IRNE Award winner;
adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. Stage Source Board
Emme Shaw (Props Design) Emme Shaw is very happy to be back at GSC and designing
for Baskerville. Previous collaborations as a Property Designer include 39 Steps, Native
Gardens, Cyrano and 2017’s Out of the Mouths of Babes. Acting credits with GSC include
Lebensraum (work premiere) and Jump/Cut ( Nina Beeber). More of Emme’s design work
could be seen at Greater Boston Stage, which included the IRNE nominated world premiere
of Salonnieres. Emme is a founding member of Pittsburgh Theater Labs, and recipient of
the West Coast Drama Clan Alumni Award in Acting from CMU Drama, where she trained.
Thank you to Phoebe.
Picnic Box Dinners from Willow Rest
Order dinner ahead using the links below. Dinners are available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday @7:30pm performances only. Dinner will be delivered to Windhover and ready for pickup at the Concessions Bar by 6:30pm each night (Be sure to select the correct performance night when you checkout!). Thank you to Willow Rest for this partnership!
Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com