: Parkway Playhouse’s new play, Sherlock Holmes Returns continues through October 5 Parkway Playhouse with performances scheduled on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. At 7:30pm. Tickets for the production range from $10-$20 with a wide variety of discounts available for students, seniors, active/retired military, groups and more. Tickets and more information about performances can be found on Parkway Playhouse’s website at www.parkwayplayhouse.com or by calling 828-682-4285.
Sherlock Holmes Returns is a new play, written by Western North Carolina area playwright and broadcast radio personality, Jeff Douglas Messer. Messer has been active with Parkway Playhouse since 2004, when he appeared as the lead in Parkway Playhouse’s production of The Foreigner. He has been involved in every season since. Sherlock Holmes Returns is his second world-premiere as playwright. In 2009, Messer wrote Esley:The Life and Musical Legacy of Leslie Riddle which focused on Burnsville legend Leslie Riddle.
A passionate fan, and an avowed “Geek” Messer’s other plays have included plays about Robin Hood and Dracula. Sherlock Holmes fits right in
The set up for this new adventure begins when dangerous inmate escapes from an asylum and makes his way to London; where a series of grisly murders that spark fears that Jack-the-Ripper has resumed stalking the streets; dead bodies have go missing from the morgue; and a mysterious, but cursed jewel, from Transylvania has disappeared inexplicably. Is “world’s greatest detective”, Sherlock Holmes, himself presumed dead for three years, after a confrontation with the evil genius Professor Moriarty took them both over the steep drop off of Reichenbach Falls, somehow connected to this string of horrific and bizarre crimes?
“What is fun about this Sherlock Holmes adventure is that it is gloriously melodramatic. It is a throwback to the legendary Hammer Films, which were noted for their high-energy takes on vampires, monsters, and Holmes. ” commented Parkway Playhouse Producing Artistic Director, Andrew Gall. “It has all the things you love about Sherlock Holmes, including a particularly nasty villain, a damsel in distress, a complicated mystery. There are a lot of dead bodies and a host of bizarre characters.”
In the title role of Sherlock Holmes, is Parkway Playhouse veteran Rob Storrs, who has previously played Holmes in Parkway Playhouse’s 2008 production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. In the critical role of Dr. Watson, Holmes’s faithful friend and sidekick is Messer, himself, pulling double duty as an actor. Also appearing, is Gall, who appears as the twisted Professor Moriarty. Gall, Messer, and Storrs, are all observing their tenth consecutive season with Parkway Playhouse.
The rest of the cast of Sherlock Holmes Returns features Daniel Moore, Scott Keel, Trinity Smith, Doug Shaw, Logan Walden, and Mary Katherine Smith-Gall; all veterans of previous Parkway Playhouse productions.
For more information about Parkway Playhouse’s mainstage season, tickets, auditions, or education programs please call 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.