Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Comes Chatham Playhouse in March

0665d7abcfb08c3ed1db_sherlock_holmes_mike_harvey.jpg
0665d7abcfb08c3ed1db_sherlock_holmes_mike_harvey.jpg
The Chatham Players presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by Stephen Dietz, running March 7-22 at the Chatham Playhouse.
 
Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they face off against arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, in the Stephen Dietz story inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  The case takes Holmes on a final adventure, which includes kidnapping, numerous disguises, underhand plotting twists and turns and a whole series of clues which even has the super sleuth’s sidekick scratching his head.  Will Holmes prevail against the evil mastermind, Professor Moriarty and resist the lure of Irene Adler?  With danger lurking around every corner, how can the Bloodhound of Baker Street possibly survive his final adventure? “Holmes aficionados will recognize the source material as a clever conflation of the original stories, “The Final Problem,” “A Scandal in Bohemia,” and “A Study in Scarlet.” Of course, being fully drawn characters, Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, et al possess their fair share of humor, providing many laughs and light-hearted moments throughout this fast-paced, suspenseful, and deadly adventure”, explains director, Gordon Weiner.
 
 
Comprised of actors from all around New Jersey, this exciting and bright bunch includes Mike Harvey from Summit as Sherlock Holmes, Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights as John Watson, Christopher C. Gibbs from Fanwood as Professor Moriarity, Chip Prestera of Stirling as King of Bohemia, Kathleen Campbell Jackson of Far Hills as Irene Adler, Patrick Field of Manhattan as James Larrabee/ Godfrey Norton, Pat Wry of Bernardsville as Madge Larrabee and Sean Day from Newark as Sid Prince.
 
Leading the artistic team is Director Gordon Weiner of Bridgewater, who is making his directorial debut at the Chatham Playhouse.  Gordon has been acting and directing in Central NJ Community Theater for many years. For Circle Players in Piscataway, he directed “A Behanding in Spokane”, “Lost in Yonkers”, “The Drawer Boy’, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, “The Waverly Gallery”, “The Real Thing”, and a 2011 production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure’. At other venues, his favorite productions include “Angel Street” and “The Price” at Westfield Community Players, ”The Nerd” and “Joined at the Head” for Carnival Productions in Rahway, and “Painting Churches”, “On Borrowed Time”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and “I Never Sang For My Father” at the Philathalians of Fanwood.

 
Being a die-hard Sherlock Holmes fan, Gordon Weiner pointed out that the acting script of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” begins with a note from its author, Steven Dietz, who based this amalgam of tales from the Holmes canon on the William Gillette play “Sherlock Holmes,” which premiered in 1899. In it, Gillette reminds those of us whose job it is to bring life to his words that these stories are “proudly and unapologetically archetypal,” with clearly delineated heroes and villains, and that Holmes is “modern in the extreme” in that he “craves adventure, solitude, escape and elation.” He also reminds us that the foundational element of these tales is the bedrock of friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. One could argue that Conan Doyle and Gillette should be credited with providing the blueprint for the “cops as buddies” movies that are so familiar to us now. Weiner added, “it is this friendship that allows us a way in; to relate to all of the characters within the tale by rendering them as completely human, along with all that that implies. The fact is, (virtually) everyone who sits in our audience brings with them ready-made conceptions about at least some of the characters they are about to be re-introduced to. Our hope is to uncover the textures, the details, the incidents small and momentous, that surprise, delight, and entertain us, while remaining true to the material Conan Doyle, Gillette, and Dietz have so skillfully woven.”
 
Rounding out Weiner’s talented production team, the Producer is Mara Lundstrom, Stage Manager is Andrea Herbert, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Henry Siebecker and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston.
 

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8PM and March 16 at 3PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for youth/senior.
 
Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com.  The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance.  Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on February 28 at (973) 635-7363.  For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.
 

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922.  The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s entire 2013-2014 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...

#NoMore

February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Adults Who Interact With Teens Offered Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 23, 2018

With teenage suicide rates on an upswing, a barrage of tragedies in the news, and the heightened pressures of adolescence in a media-frenzied world, it’s more important than ever for caring adults to know how to intervene effectively.

Morris County again this year is funding Youth Mental Health First Aid training through NewBridge Services for adults who regularly interact with children ...