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.
Larry celebrates his fourteenth season with SVS. Artistic director (2005-2012) emeritus and Resident Artist and Company Fight Director, LB appeared on the SVS stage most recently as Brutus (Julius Caesar), Prospero (Tempest), and Mr. Bennett (Pride and Prejudice). LB holds a BA in Theatre and a MEd in Education Technology and Curriculum Design.
Dr. John Watson
James is pleased to make his return to the Sanborn stage after appearing last year in The Three Musketeers as the Comte de Rochforte. An SVS regular since the early days of the company, James has appeared in numerous productions throughout the Silicon Valley. Past credits with SVS include the Fool in King Lear, Jacques in As You Like It, and Will Hayes in Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood. He would like to give special thanks to his Doll and his Ohana for all their patience, love and support.
Mycroft Holmes /
Ron is thrilled to be making his SVS debut and to be working with this amazingly talented group of artists. Favorite roles include: The Philadelphia Story (C.K. Dexter Haven) for Western Stage, The Three Musketeers (Rochefort) and Lysistrata (Socrates) for City Lights, Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) for Los Gatos Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Sebastian) for Marin Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (Don John) for Pacific Repertory, Vera Cruz (Douglas MacArthur) for Pear Theatre, and The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) for San Leandro Shakespeare.
Ross is happy to return to SVS at Sanborn where he last appeared on stage in 2013 as Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. Other SVS shows include this season’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff), The Merchant of Venice (Shylock), King Lear (Lear), and Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato twice!) Other shows include Finian’s Rainbow (SBMT’), Death of a Salesman (BWTC) and the World Premiere of Frankenstein (CLTC). By day Ross is a Security Management professional and holds an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Erik appeared on the SVS stage in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Slender), Shakespeare In Hollywood (Joe E. Brown), Othello (Roderigo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout/Wall), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and many others. Other favorite plays include A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Beauty Queen of Leenane (Ray), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Teddy) for Northside Theatre Company. During the day he is a software engineer, making smartphones do interesting things.
This marks Keenan’s fifth year working with SVS! He’s excited to help bring this new Sherlock Holmes story to life. His past credits include Daryl (Shakespeare in Hollywood), Eros (Antony and Cleopatra), and most recently Sargent Penny (The Hollow). When not in stage, Keenan is an active contributor to Play On Words and Flash Fiction Forum.
Drew Benjamin Jones
Drew returns to Silicon Valley Shakespeare for his third year. Previous shows include Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), The Tempest (Caliban), and Antony and Cleopatra (Alexas) with SVS, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Assassins (LASC), Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War (CLTC), and several roles in ShakesBEERience (Buck Hill Productions). Drew received his BA in Theatre from SJSU.
Tonya is ridiculously excited to make her Sanborn acting debut in this amazing role! A stage manager for the past two summers (Shakespeare in Hollywood and The Three Musketeers), Sanborn is now her favorite summer hangout. Past credits include: Steel Magnolias (Shelby); Dracula (Mina); and The Crucible (Abigail). When not roaming the forest, Tonya can be found: smashing the patriarchy, reading horror novels, and yelling at Keenan to stay out of the ravine.
Dana is excited to return to Sanborn Park, after playing Portia in Julius Caesar last summer. Her favorite recent roles include Susie in The Country House (Limelight Actors Theater), Shirley Mercer in Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection (Epic Immersive), and Natalie in Ovation Pictures’ award-winning 48-Hour Film Project, STONEWOOD. Many thanks to Dave for his love and support. Pour Susan Finch, qui m’a appris à “parler avec distinction”. BFA, Tisch School of the Arts.
Mrs. Hudson /
Barbara is delighted to spend her second summer with SVS. Besides playing the Soothsayer in Julius Caesar last year, favorite recent roles include Mrs. Tottendale (The Drowsy Chaperone, SCP), Electra (Gypsy) and Prudy Pingleton (Hairspray, both SBMT), Mrs. Dubose (To Kill a Mockingbird, Hillbarn), and numerous fussy, silly, angry, funny, or otherwise excited old ladies. She is also on the Board of SBMT, and manages a high-tech documentation team. Love to Andy for his support!
O’Malley / Understudy
Kimberly is thrilled to return to SVS for her second year! A stage manager for last year’s Julius Caesar, she is excited to experience Sanborn from the other side of the tech table. Past credits include: Hamlet (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern), The Assembly Women (Chorus Leader), Lysistrata (Myrrhine). Kimberly is a proud graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory and holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a performance emphasis form San Francisco State University. In addition to acting, Kimberly is also a stage manager and director.
Erin is delighted to return to SVS this summer, seen last in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Maria) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Rugby). Along with her love for Shakespeare, she spends her time as a House Manager for City Lights Theater Company, assists with other various technical aspects of theatre, and graphic designs. She would like to thank her family for their continual support.
Roundy/A.C. Cross/ Understudy/Ensemble
Nathan is delighted to appear in SVS’ Sherlock Holmes production while attending New York University/Tisch School of the Arts. He was last seen on the West Coast in Marin Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It, after performing in Maryland Shakespeare Festival Riotous Youth’s Twelfth Night (Malvolio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and Macbeth (Duncan/Porter). He relishes the opportunity to act in this modern play written in the classical tradition.
Ally McGreevy (Ensemble) is tickled pink to return to SVS after acting in The Comedy of Errors in the 2015 season! Favorite roles include Dotty (Noises Off), Roz (9 to 5), and Miss Preen (The Man Who Came to Dinner). Ally just survived her freshman year studying theatre at UC San Diego, where she acted in An Ideal Husband and Anansi: The Story King! With a year’s experience, she can now officially proclaim NorCal > SoCal!
Shawn is quite pleased for the opportunity to direct again for SVS, after having had a wonderful experience directing The Imaginary Invalid. Since 2004, Shawn has also worked on productions with SVS as an actor, set designer, scenic artist, and assistant director. He is particularly fond of and grateful to those individuals who return year after year to comprise the SVS creative, technical, production and management teams, and most certainly the company’s dedicated audiences.
Janine is pleased to return to SVS after a 9-year hiatus. Directing credits: Forever Plaid (Riverfront Theatre); The Whole Shebang and Les Précieuses Ridicules (Nevada Repertory Company). Past SVS roles: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Macbeth (Second Witch), and Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus). In addition to a national tour with Maximum Entertainment, Janine has also performed in the Bay Area with 42nd Street Moon, SF Playhouse, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, BACT, and the Willows Theatre Company. www.janineburgener.com
Chrissie is delighted to work with Silicon Valley Shakespeare for the first time this summer! She has worked as a theatre professional in the Bay Area for the past two years with California Theatre Center where she has served as Tour Coordinator for their 2015-2016 school series productions. Previous stage management credits include Dead Accounts and On the Verge at Dragon Productions, Crossroads at Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and Antigone at California Theatre Center’s Advanced/Intermediate Conservatory. She’d like to thank the audience for supporting live theatre.
Jim is retired Professor Emeritus from San José State University where he taught and designed for twenty-five years. He has designed for the Cabrillo Stage Company, and West Valley Musical Theatre. For the past fifteen years, he has designed four or five productions each season for the San José Children’s Musical Theatre, including this season’s Sweeney Todd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jim served as Technical Director and as Scenic Designer for the Barn Theatre, a professional theatre near Kalamazoo for ten seasons. He was the Technical Director at Villa Montalvo for five seasons. This summer he is excited to design for Silicon Valley Shakespeare where many of his past students have found a home.
John Bernard Is happy to be back for his 6th season with SVS. He was last at SVS in 2016, where he lit Julius Caesar and The Three Musketeers. John has lectured and designed at San Jose State University, as well as designed for San Jose Stage, the Pear Avenue, and The Dragon Productions. John Holds a BA in technical Theater from San Jose State University, and an MFA in Lighting design from The University of Washington.
Melissa received her B.A in Technical Theatre with an emphasis on Costume Design from San Francisco State University. Productions there included Chess, A Streetcar Named Desire, Barber of Seville, Spring Awakening, Tartuffe, References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot, and Wallflower. Other works include West Side Story and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (CLTC), Death of a Salesman and Spamalot (PAP), Macario (TV) Julius Caesar (SVS), Miracle on 34th Street, Swift Justice, I Do! I Do! Crowns, Memphis, and Musical of Musicals (TTC). She is excited to return to Silicon Valley Shakespeare for their production of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club.
Adam has worked with SVS since 2008. Some of his favorite SVS productions include Pride and Prejudice, Pericles, The Imaginary Invalid, and As You Like It. He has also designed several shows at Broadway West, including The Passion of Dracula and The Children’s Hour. He was last seen onstage at Broadway West in And Then There Were None (Lombard), and A Few Good Men (Cpl. Howard).
Assistant Stage Manager
Amy is beyond excited to be back at SVS this year! Last season, she worked as a sound board op for Julius Caesar and as a part of the build crew. She has actively participated in her school’s performing arts department, with credits including The Sound of Music (Head of Marketing), The King Stag (Stage Manager), Peter Pan (Assistant Stage Manager), and A Little Princess (Student Director). Next year, she will be attending the New School with a double major in film and sociology and a minor in theater, and is thus incredibly excited to be able to spend another summer pursuing her passions with SVS
Louis returns as this season’s Technical Director and Build Intern Mentor. He is founder of The Audacity Performing Arts Project; producing 10+ plays and musicals per year in South Bay schools many at reduced or zero cost to the communities they serve. Louis is also Theatre Technical Director for Notre Dame High School in San Jose. He is endowed with an amazing personality that many have found devastatingly charming.
Christina returns for her sixth season with SVS. Recent Bay Area work includes prop designing for City Lights Theater Company’s productions of Ideation and Rapture Blister Burn in addition to SVS’s 2016 productions of Julius Caesar and The Three Musketeers. She also works as a freelance Stage Manager and Stage Hand. Christina earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University.
Hair and Makeup Designer
Melissa is delighted to return for her 11th season! Previous SVS design credits include The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Pericles, Julius Caesar, The Imaginary Invalid, As You Like It, this season’s Merry Wives, and more. Designer/artist credits elsewhere also include Pixar, Disney Channel UK, Opera San Jose, and West Bay Opera. Additionally, Melissa is an actor and is also SVS’ Education 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.
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