FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Stage Company Presents Open Auditions for The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, SPONSORED BY WSIU
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Tricia Burns
Life imitates art in this rollicking murder mystery! An actor has mastered his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, but can he duplicate the performance when murder comes calling at his house for the holidays?
About the auditions:
When and where: Auditions will be held Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th, from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. at The Varsity Center, 418 South Illinois, in Carbondale, IL.
What and how: The director is looking for 3 actors and 5 actresses ages 18-70 for various roles. A copy of the script is available at the Carbondale Public Library.
Performance dates: December 1-3 and December 7-10
About the writer: Ken Ludwig graduated from Haverford College in 1972 with a B.A., magna cum laude, in music theory and composition. He studied law at Harvard and graduated in 1976 and then worked as an attorney until 1989. Ludwig began to write
at the same time. His writing career began to take off and he soon established himself as one of the most prolific and honored of modern American playwrights. His plays include: Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy For You, Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Twentieth Century, Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, Robin Hood!, and an adaption of Agatha Christie’s Murder on The Orient Express. Crazy For You won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical and Lend Me a Tenor won a Tony Award and was called “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” by the Washington Post.
Mr. Ludwig has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including two Helen Hayes awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, the Charles McArthur Award, and many others.
About the director:
Tricia Beth Burns is a graduate of SIUC, earning a BFA in Theatre. She has been working with The Stage Company since 2008 but has appeared in over 30 productions within the Southern Illinois area, most recently she appeared in this season’s Gala show, Gumshoe. She has performed with many local theater groups, and some of her favorite roles have been Rose in Enchanted April, Sylvia in Sylvia and Debra in Smell of the Kill. This is her second time directing for the Stage Company, she directed last year’s Gala show, Take Five. She is looking forward to working with other talented Southern Illinois actors to bring this fun, fast paced play, The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays to life!