Sherlock Holmes’ Mystery Closes AU Theatre Season

Sherlock Holmes’ Mystery Closes AU Theatre Season

3/26/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Theatre closes its 2018-2019 season with Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes' Mystery. Directed by guest director Rachael Endrizzi,  Baskerville will run for only one week on April 3-6 at 7:30 p.m., and April 7 at 2 p.m. in the intimate Studio Theatre. Due to the theatre's limited seating capacity, patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets as soon as possible.

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ most famous Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, the story has been transitioned to a fast-paced, madcap comedy by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig. The murderously funny adventure follows Sherlock Holmes and Watson as they try to find the Baskerville male heirs’ ingenious killer. The investigative duo must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. 

Multi-award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig has transformed Doyle's milestone in the field of crime fiction into a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Guest director Endrizzi puts an additional spin on the characters as Holmes and Watson are cast as females with Emily Schordock (Westlake) and Holly Fongheiser (Rittman), respectively. The remaining characters are played by Will Taylor (Fairborn), Graydon Flynn (Medina) and Syd Genter (Mansfield).

Endrizzi, originally from the Cleveland area, is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City and is proud and excited to have recently returned to Ohio. She is the former director of education for the nationally recognized Florida Repertory Theatre and a resident teaching artist for the Tony-Award Winning Alliance Theatre (Atlanta). Some of her favorite directing credits include Moonlight & Magnolias (Gypsy Theatre), and Lend Me a Tenor (Legacy Theatre) in Atlanta, The Nerd (Broadway Palm), Camping with Henry & Tom (Strauss Theater) and The Odyssey Experience (Florida Rep). 
 

With design credits from New York City and National Tours to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Ohio Light Opera and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the show's designers include guest artists Kiah Keyser, scenic designer; Whitney Locher, costume designer (2002 alumna); and Richard Ingraham, sound designer; while the lighting design is by junior theatre major Alejandro Ridolfi (Parma Heights). 

Production staff members are comprised of Seth Morrison, technical director; Hannah Chelle Frye, assistant sound designer; D. Justin Bilewicz III, costume studio manager; Ridolfi (Middleburg Heights), master electrician; Nikolas Demers (Shelby), stage manager; and Mia Kardotzke (Green Springs), assistant stage manager.
 

Patrons attending the opening night performance (Wed., April 3) are reminded that they are invited to the opening night reception with the cast and crew immediately following the performance.

Tickets for the performances are: $12 for adult; $10 for senior citizens, AU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for groups of 10 or more, $5 for non-AU students, and $2 for Ashland University students with ID.  

To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m.; or purchase online 24/7 at www.ashland.edu/tickets. For school matinee reservations, contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of College of Arts & Sciences Communications and Performing Arts Publicity and Events, at 419.289.5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu. For more information about the department of theatre, visit www.ashland.edu/theatre, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AshlandUniversityTheatre.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

 

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