DENNIS, MA – Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is a fast-paced comedy mystery about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. In this uproarious take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and plot, playwright Ken Ludwig turns Conan Doyle’s classic into a campy romp full of mysterious intrigue and comedic charm. Following the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, crafty Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of whether an evil, supernatural hound prowls the moors of Devonshire before a family curse dooms its newest male heir, Sir Henry Baskerville. What follows is a dizzying web of clues, disguises, and deceit that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must escape with more than 40 characters, deftly portrayed by just three supporting actors, who contribute to a delightful mix of slapstick and adventure.
Brendon Fox takes the helm as director for the Playhouse production of Baskerville. In his multiple roles as a director, teacher, and producer, Brendon has worked nationally and internationally at a number of prominent regional theaters, universities, and training programs; including Prague Shakespeare Company, The Juilliard School, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Long Wharf Theater, Portland Center Stage, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI Part 3, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Blithe Spirit, Opus, Alabama Story, Peninsula Players, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Baskerville. The ongoing appeal of Baskerville for Brendon is that it works on many levels, “as a comedy, a mystery, a valentine to performance and storytelling. The heart of the story has to do with disguise and deception, but along those same lines, there’s a beautiful honesty and vulnerability in the play.”
Returning to the Cape Playhouse after playing Elyot in last summer’s production of Private Lives is Chris Thorn who takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes. His Broadway credits include Death of a Salesman (2022) and Bernhardt/Hamlet (2018, Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway credits include Greater Clements (Lincoln Center Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages), Twelfth Night (Pig Iron), and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio 42) as well as many regional productions. Joining him on stage in the role of Dr. Watson is David Lee Huynh who is making his Cape Playhouse. David’s theatre credits include the Off-Broadway world premiere of Once Upon A (korean) Time, The Merchant of Venice, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Henry VI, Trial of the Catonsville Nine, among others.
Following Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, the Cape Playhouse will host a presentation of 23.5 Hours Plays on September 16. This unique evening will showcase a collection of short plays written, rehearsed, and performed by several participating theatres on Cape Cod – all within 23.5 hours! More details will be posted at capeplayhouse.com.
ABOUT THE CAPE PLAYHOUSE
The Cape Playhouse at The Cape Center for the Arts was founded in 1927 by Raymond Moore. His vision
was to create a smart, sophisticated summer theatre with some of the world’s most noted stage and screen
professionals. The realization of Moore’s dream has since been recognized by The New York Times,
acknowledging the Playhouse as the “Place Where Broadway Goes to Summer.” Today, 96 years later, the
theatre continues to feature world-class talent in shows produced specifically for The Cape Playhouse and
is one of Cape Cod’s premier cultural assets. In addition to professional live-theatre experiences, the
not-for-profit Playhouse is committed to youth programs and education. The historic theatre is situated on
an expansive 22-acre campus along with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cinema..