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OCTOBER 5 - 22, 2023

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Leslie Martinson

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

“Comedy gold … [Baskerville] finds the perfect mix of slapstick and thrills.”

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Cast & Production

Show Cast

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Sherlock HolmesGeorge Psarras*
John WatsonMichael Champlin
Actor 1Ted Zoldan
Actor 2Darrien Cabreana
Actress 1Alicia M. P. Nelson*
Creative team
DirectorLeslie Martinson
Stage ManagerMarie Shell*
Scenic DesignerKevin Davies
Sound DesignerJeff Mockus
Lighting & Projections DesignerSpenser Matubang
Costume DesignerNolan Miranda
Costume AssistantArmando Breiz
Props DesignerCindy Ng
Intimacy CoordinatorMaya Herbsman
Fight DirectorSteve Muterspaugh
Dialect CoachLynne Soffer
Master ElectricianAya Matsutomo
TD/Master CarpenterEric Olson
Carpenter/Scenic ArtistPaulino DeLeal
Scenic ArtistLucretia Froke
Production AssistantNicki Weppner
Turntable OperatorAnna Shell

Headshots & Bios

Darrien Cabreana
Darrien Cabreana
Michael Champlin
Michael Champlin
Alicia M. Nelson
Alicia M. P. Nelson*
*George Psarras
George Psarras*
Ted Zoldan
Ted Zoldan

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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In My Opinion

By Alan Hafter

Baskerville by Ken Ludwig, is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Hound of the Baskervilles. This comedy-mystery play is pure theatrical delight from start to finish.

Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

As Holmes begins his search for clues, he and Watson meet with dozens of characters in locations such as crowded railway stations, foggy London streets, forbidding English moors and one gloomy mansion. There are clues galore, plenty of dead ends and a sizable puzzle to solve to ferret out the truth. But know it is all in good fun.

It is a sophisticated comedy which I feel is appropriate for audiences of age thirteen or older. Audiences will certainly appreciate the thirty-six roles three members of the cast portray.

I rate it PG-13.

Darrien Cabreana

Actor 2

Darrien Cabreana
Darrien (he/him) is elated to be a part of his first production with Hillbarn Theatre. He was recently seen as “Sohovik” in Damn Yankees with Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, “Rob” in High Fidelity with Las Positas College, “Cliff” in Cabaret with Chanticleers Theatre, and “James Humphrey” in the Bay Area premiere of Cannibal! The Musical. When he isn’t being a clown, he enjoys playing instruments and singing. He would like to thank his family, friends, dog and cat, for endlessly supporting his silly endeavors.

Michael Champlin

Watson

Michael Champlin

Michael (he/him) is happily returning to Hillbarn after opening and closing Laughter on the 23rd Floor on the same day (thanks, Covid!). He’s recently been seen in TheatreWorks’ In Every Generation, Los Altos Stage’s one-person show Thom Pain (based on nothing), and Palo Alto Players’ A Doll’s House Pt. 2, for which he won a SFBATCC award for Principle Performance. Love to Katie, Jack, & Henry! @redchamp

Alicia M. P. Nelson*

Actress 1

Alicia M. Nelson
Alicia (she/her) is an award-winning San Francisco/Bay Area based actor, clown, and arts educator. Nelson is a graduate of Boston University where she acquired a BFA in Acting, and has trained in both classical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte in Greece and Italy respectively. She has worked across the country in varying theatres including the San Francisco Mime Troupe, WAM Theatre, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and more. Nelson is passionate about all things that spark the imagination. She is an avid believer in playing pretend, diving in head-first, and the power of the arts to build compassionate individuals. Much love to SCB and Hamlet. ampnelson.com

George Psarras*

Sherlock

*George Psarras
George (he/him) makes his Hillbarn debut in Baskerville! George was last in Blithe Spirit at City Lights Theater Company, where he also appeared in Silent Sky, The Merchant of Venice, Ideation, The Elephant Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Amadeus. Other credits include The Humans and Between Riverside and Crazy at San Jose Stage; and Finks, Water By The Spoonful, and Anna In The Tropics at TheatreWorks. George appears in Disney/Pixar’s Onward, and the forthcoming films Waltzing With Brando, and (alongside his twin brother, Paul) the indie comedy, Tapawingo. www.georgepsarras.com

Ted Zoldan

Actor 1

Ted Zoldan
Ted (he/his) was last seen at Hillbarn as Charles Guiteau in Sondheim’s Assassins**. A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he was recently seen in San Francisco Playhouse’s award-winning production of** Indecent and at 42nd Street Moon in She Loves Me**. He’s been seen at a wide variety of theater and opera companies from San Jose to Petaluma, and spent two years touring schools throughout California with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He is a life-long Sherlock Holmes fan and is thrilled to be visiting Baker Street!** @Intheroleofted

Actors Name

Character

Brigitte (she/hers)  is a native Bay Area actress and theatre maker. When Brigitte is not on the stage she is taking your calls managing the Hillbarn Box office. Brigitte Is very excited to be back performing on the Hillbarn stage with such an incredible wealth of bay area talent. Some past roles include Ensemble/swing in Kinky Boots (ROLT), Kelly Manning in The Mad Ones & Heather Chandler in Heathers (PSP), Ali in Mamma Mia (San Jose Stage Co), Poppy in Noises Off (Hillbarn Theatre), Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (LASC).