MCT

Murder? ...maybe. Mayhem? …a distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely!

Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunnit The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays! “The Game’s Afoot” plays through Sunday, December 15 at Murphys Creek Theatre, closing out the 2019 season.

William Gillette, a Broadway superstar, famous all over the world for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a holiday dinner party.

However, when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette finds himself at the center of a mystery that might have stumped Holmes himself! Now, he must summon every ounce of Sherlock to solve the mystery. William Gillette was a real-life star of the American stage during the early part of the 20th century. He became immensely wealthy by writing and performing in a play about Sherlock Holmes.

Writer Ken Ludwig sets us up with a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery which Broadway World called “murderously funny” and it’s coming to the MCT stage under skillful direction of Maryann Curmi. This award winning play will transport audiences into Gillette’s mansion back in 1936 for a Christmas party that quickly turn deadly--and delightfully funny.

Director Marryann Curmi says, “What I love best about this play is the witty, fast paced dialogue sprinkled with suspense,” she goes on to say, “even when you think you have figure out who might have done it, you’ll start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist. A whopper of a Murder Mystery-Comedy-Thriller, with just the right amount of slapstick, loads of thunder and a good dose of blood curdling screams!”

The cast is led by Don Bilotti who brings his formidable skills and experience to play the title role of William Gillette. Bilotti is well known as an actor, director and long-time artistic director of Stage 3 Theatre. His directing credits include both huge drama and high comedy such as, “The Whipping Man,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Elephant Man,” “Equivocation” and “Inspecting Carol.” In his long career, he has appeared in roles ranging from Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Next year he will be seen at MCT in the title role in “King Lear.” 

Bilotti says, “It’s such fun to let this type of comedy loose on the world.” He continues to say, “It’s rip-roaring and requires great skill and energy from the cast. It feels great to jump on that roller coaster.”

The cast also includes Sharon Perras as Martha Gillette. Charlie Cites joins the cast as Aggie Wheeler. Sean M. Lewis plays Simon Bright. Kirk Summers as Felix Geisel. Kebra Stapp makes her stage debut, as the smart mouthed Madge Geisel. Veteran actress Sally McClellan, will play Inspector Goring. Director Maryann Curmi of “Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Foreigner,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Barefoot in the Park,” will also step on stage playing the role of Daria Chase.

Who did it? Who will be next? Treat yourself or give the gift of laughter this season, and come on down to Murphys Creek Theatre to find out!

Murphys Creek Theatre is located at 580 S Algiers St, Murphys CA, just steps away from the heart of bustling downtown Murphys. Shows will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be two special Thursday night showings on Dececember 5 and 12 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at murphyscreektheatre.org, or call the Box Office at (209) 728-8422 to purchase tickets. The price for General Admission is$24, Senior rate is $22, the Group rate is $18 and the Student rate is $12. For more information and updates on the current goings on at Murphys Creek Theatre, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @murphys_creek_theatre.