ABOUT THE SHOW
Buck Creek Players and Director Brian Noffke are excited to announce their upcoming production of THE GAME'S AFOOT, by Ken Ludwig.
It is December 1936, Christmas Eve, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry and holiday cheer. But when one of the guests is murdered, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
Buck Creek Players is pleased to continue our 49th season with this live event on our mainstage. Join us for the nine live in-person performances at the playhouse starting Friday, December 2nd and running through Sunday, December 18th.
Presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals. (www.concordtheatricals.com)
Performance Dates & Times
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:30 PM
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2:30 PM
Friday, December 16, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2:30 PM
CAST OF CHARACTERS
The living room of the mansion of William Gillette on the Connecticut River near East Haddam, Connecticut
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Tickets only cover a portion of the costs to produce this show.
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AUDIO, OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THIS PRODUCTION.
FRANCIE MITCHANER (Producer/Dramaturgy) is beyond excited to be back working alongside the gifted and talented cast and crew of THE GAME'S AFOOT. It is hard to say if you will find Francie on or off stage, but you are sure to see her somewhere around the theater; most recently on stage as JEAN in GOOD PEOPLE; and Producer for BCP's OVER MY DEAD BODY. She also served as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the Buck Creek Players outdoor production of the LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. Other roles she has played at BCP include Nancy/Ensemble in ROSIE THE RIVETER, Deputy Dot in CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and Magenta/Usherette in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: THE BCP PLAY-A-PART FUNDRAISER. Francie would like to thank her family and friends for their support and encourages the audience to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
BRIAN NOFFKE (Director/Lighting Designer/Technical Director) is thrilled to be back at BCP after having just been seen as Mr. Lawrence in LITTLE WOMEN: The Broadway Musical. Previous BCP credits: Lighting Design for LIZZIE BORDEN and FLY BABIES, Light Board Operator for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play, Farmer Stuyvesant in LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, Properties for ROMANCE/ROMANCE and Jack Chesney in CHARLEY's AUNT. Favorite past roles include: Denny in A STEADY Rain, Cogsworth in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Gary/Roger in NOISES OFF, Polonius in HAMLET, Hysterium in A FUNNY THING...FORUM, Father Flynn in DOUBT, the Quintet in SWEENEY TODD, Brian in AVENUE Q, Smackers/Young Marley/Broker in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Parris in THE CRUCIBLE, Juror #10 in TWELVE ANGRY MEN, Malvolio/Toby in TWELLFTH NIGHT, Gremio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Caldwell B. Caldwell in URINETOWN, Charley in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Shaw in THE SECRET GARDEN, Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT, King Pelinore in CAMELOT, Vernon Gersch in THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Brian is thrilled to direct THE GAME'S AFOOT this season, as well as Scenic & Lighting Design for ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID. Thank you for supporting live theatre! "To thine own self be true."
CATHY CUTSHALL (Costume Designer) - Cathy is excited to work with this wonderful cast and crew. She has bad the pleasure of directing LITTLE WOMEN: The BROADWAY MUSICAL, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET: A LIVE MUSICAL RADIO PLAY, TRAP!, MAKING GOD LAUGH, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (2017 and 2021) and BANANAS at Buck Creek Players, as well as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Shelby County Players. Cathy is also an Encore winner for best costumes for DIRTY BLOND, BONNIE & CLYDE THE MUSICAL, and FOUR OLD BROADS. Whether working as a director or costumer, on stage or behind-the-scenes, she has had the pleasure of working theaters throughout Indiana and New Mexico at Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association, and Albuquerque Little Theater. Favorite productions include SWEENEY TODD, PARADE, HONK!, CHICAGO, CITY OF ANGELS, ON THE TOWN, HELLO DOLLY, ANYTHING GOES, SINGING IN THE RAIN, SHENANDOAH, THE WIZARD ON OZ, SOUTH PACIFIC, and GYPSY. In her free time, Cathy enjoys reading, sewing, antique shopping, and spending time with family. "I would like to thank my family for their constant love and support, and for letting me have time to 'play'".
ERIC MATTERS (Sound Designer/Operator) bio coming soon!
Box Office Management
NICKIE CORNETT & AARON BAILEY
Box Office Management
NICKIE CORNETT & AARON BAILEY
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year.
LEND ME A TENOR won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. CRAZY FOR YOU was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.
In addition, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Hal Holbrook.
His stage version of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS was written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and his latest play, DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE, won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play of the Year and is optioned for Broadway.
His book HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN SHAKESPEARE, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review.
He is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge and is a frequent guest speaker for groups as varied as The Oxford-Cambridge Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Baker Street Irregulars.
For more information, see his website at www.kenludwig.com.
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