Maplewood Strollers’ Season Opens With Ken Ludwig’s ‘The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays’




From the Maplewood Strollers:

The Strollers community theater will open its 87th season with a presentation of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays. Directed by Alan H. Foster, this holiday-centric comedy-meets-mystery will be performed for two weekends in November at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.

Set in 1936, the play’s events center around Broadway star William Gillette, known for his portrayal of the illustrious sleuth Sherlock Holmes. When Gillette invites the cast of his latest hit show to celebrate the Christmas holidays at his Connecticut mansion, the last thing anyone expects to find under the tree is murder! Mystery and hilarity in equal parts ensue, as Gillette must assume the role of real-life Holmes and crack the case before the murderer strikes in time to ruin everyone’s New Year’s Eve as well.

The cast and creative team behind the Maplewood Strollers’ November production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy/mystery “The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes from the Holidays:
1st row, L to R: Alan Foster (director), Jeff Taylor, Kate McNally (stage manager)
2nd row, L to R: Elaine D’Addezio, Lisa Barnett, Carol Cornicelli
3rd row, L to R: Lydia Trueheart, Matthew Schwartz, Robert Podolak

The Game’s Afoot features a cast that includes Lisa Barnett, Carol Cornicelli, Elaine D’Addezio, Robert Podolak, Mathew Schwartz, Jeff Taylor, Lydia Trueheart, and Heather Wolf. The production is directed by Alan H. Foster and produced by Ken Lordy. Kate McNally is the stage manager, with set and light design by John Mendlovitz and sound design by Ron Richardson. Other behind-the-scenes roles are filled by Yvonne Perry (props), Judi Gajary (set dressing), and Judy French (costume coordinator).

The Games Afoot will be presented for two weekends at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road in Maplewood. Performances are Friday, November 9 and 16 and Saturday, November 10 and 17 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Visit www.thestrollers.org for information and to purchase tickets, or call 973-761-8453 to reserve tickets.