August 4 – September 3, 2017
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:00pm
A completely new Sherlock Holmes adventure, by Jeffrey Hatcher (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Tuesdays with Morrie, Compleat Female Stage Beauty)!
In the heart of London, some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is murder, and this is The Suicide Club. But the club has a new member, Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, brooding, the greatest detective in the world. Why does Holmes wish to die? Can his friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn’t Holmes want to be saved? A new stage thriller featuring the famed sleuth in a tale full of mystery, romance, twists and chills.
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Shawn Andrei
Rating: T for Teens – This play is a comedic thriller that contains some adult themes which might give some parents pause. There is no online version but you can get a copy of the script here.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective takes the stage in this exciting mystery by Jeffrey Hatcher. When members of the nation’s elite are found dead across London, the game’s afoot as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson search for answers. Could it be coincidence? Accident? Or could it have something to do with a mysterious London club which always seems to be on the lookout for new members, but mysteriously never increases it’s membership? We could tell you more, but that wouldn’t be cricket, would it? Match wits with the world’s most famous sleuth as he eliminates the impossible and arrives at the truth–however improbable as it may be.
“Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher takes Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters and drops them into a story inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Suicide Club to create a thrilling comic mystery. The whodunit mystery comes complete with a wow-I-didn’t-see-that-coming ending.” — Arizona Daily Star
“Hatcher has a winner with SHERLOCK HOLMES. It’s intelligent, clever, teasing, seductively engaging and just plain fun.” — Tucson Weekly
“A darkly comic new take on the archetypal detective.” — Arizona Republic
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Shawn is excited to return to the Silicon Valley Shakespeare stage. Favorite prior roles with SVS include Grumio in Taming of the Shrew (2006) and Caliban in The Tempest (2007). Past directorial work with SVS includes The Imaginary Invalid, King Lear (assistant director under Angie Higgins), and Much Ado (About Nothing) (assistant director under Larry Barrott).
Lighting Intern /
Intern – Scenic Build
Assistant Stage Manager
Doll has been with Silicon Valley Shakespeare since its first production, appearing as Feste in Twelfth Night. Since then you may have seen her as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady M in Macbeth, the Chorus in Henry V, or most recently as Antonia in The Tempest at SJSU. Doll has a BA in English from USCB and a Masters from SJSU where she emphasized Renaissance Drama.
Technical Internship Advisor
In his third year with SVS, Louis is supporting the growing internship program and building sets. When not working with his friends at SVS, he runs The Audacity Performing Arts Project (providing performing arts programs/opportunities in the community’s poorest schools) and serves as Tech Director at Notre Dame High School in San José. Louis is an SJSU graduate in Religious Studies and loves Disneyland, lunch, naps, bad jokes, NASCAR, old-school punk rock and, most of all, his family.
Hair and Makeup Design
Returning for her ninth season, Melissa’s SVS hats include makeup designer, actor, and Education Program Director. Since receiving her BA in Theatre (SJSU), she’s moonlighted as a makeup designer/artist for SVS, Pixar, Disney Channel UK, West Bay Opera, Opera San José, and more. Favorite SVS acting roles include Dromio of Syracuse (Comedy of Errors, 2015), Emilia (Othello), Oswald (King Lear), Hero (Much Ado), Phoebe (AYLI), and Ariel (Tempest, 2007). In a previous life, she also “daylighted” as a children’s theatre teacher/director.
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club
How long is the performance?
The show runs… (coming soon)
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club — Rated T for Teens
This play is a comedic thriller that contains some adult themes which might give some parents pause. There is no online version, but you can get a copy of the script here.
About the Family Rating System
Silicon Valley Shakespeare makes theatrical classics enjoyable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Families love to attend our plays, and we’re proud to introduce thousands of young people to the Bard.
To assist parents and guardians in assessing which of our plays are right for their children, our Family Rating System features a general rating for each production followed by a more nuanced recommendation and description of the play’s content.
Our assessment can’t fit every family, so we also provide a link to the actual text of our plays whenever possible so that parents can make their own decision. Our ratings are:
E (Everyone) — Suitable for all ages.
PG (Parental Guidance) — Appropriate for most audiences under 13, but we recommend that parents inform themselves about the content of the play and its themes, and exercise their best judgment for their individual child.
T (Teen) — Might be inappropriate for audiences under 13. Parents of younger children are welcome to attend with their children, but we recommend that they prepare for questions their children might have about some of the more sophisticated and mature content and themes of the play, and its particular presentation.
M (Mature) — Not recommended for audiences under 17.
About very young children: Infants and toddlers are always welcome at our outdoor performances. We’re thrilled to offer newer parents an opportunity to enjoy live theatre! We ask that at least one parent or guardian be prepared to take a break with these tiny theatergoers out of earshot of the theatre space, if they become upset or very vocal.
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