I'm burning up the midnight oil this week. As many of you know, I'm a little more than a day away from my newest stage script being produced at Parkway Playhouse, in Burnsville, NC.
The show - an original SHERLOCK HOLMES mystery that I cooked up in my brain, inspired by a production of another Holmes play that we staged back in 2008. I played Watson (and am reprising my role this time around, as well as the lead actors playing Holmes and Moriarty.)
First, I would not advise being in a show you have written. It is twice as tedious, and hard to compartmentalize your brain. As well, I'll not get to see it from out front, as an audience would see it. Still, it is great fun to romp across the stage with some great collaborators and some new faces.
The show runs for 3 weekends, and opens Saturday, September 21. Show times are 7:30 for the run of the show, except for Sunday, September 22, which is a 5 PM matinee show.
I'm reluctant to complain about being too busy this past couple of weeks, simply because I realize how lucky I am to be getting paid for my writing and acting, and knowing that people are coming out and paying to see it. It gives me pause to think about it sometimes.
That said, we're having a pretty wild time as the final pieces come together this past week. And it is getting to be fun. I can't wait for folks to see this show. Act One is mostly like a traditional/classic Holmes mystery, and Act Two ramps up the action and is more akin to a classic 1950s Hammer Horror movie. I love the twists we've put into this story.
As such, I would love to share it with my radio family too.
And I have some massive discounts that I'm about to reveal to anyone who wants to take advantage!
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, tickets are only $15. It is something of a "soft" open/preview type weekend. And if you call Parkway Playhouse to book tickets, and use the Promo Code Word: "WATSON" you will get 2 tickets for the price of one - $15! use the Promo Code when booking online or by phone.
For the rest of the run of the show, we're working on a special 880 discount for listeners of the show, which I will share once we set it.
For more info, check out the website:
As well, the script has been published, and I will be doing a local book signing event in early October, with copies of this show, as well as copies of my other published works: "THIS WAR IS LIVE," and "ROBIN HOOD, THE LEGEND OF SHERWOOD."
More details to follow!