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Uproarious Mystery Comedy

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson
Directed by Jim Helsinger

JUNE 21 - JULY 16 | SHUBERT THEATRE

Unleashed, unearthly, and unbelievably funny, this “Hound” is a comic thriller, a la The 39 Steps. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a makeover by renowned “Brit wits” Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Three actors play 16 roles in a “comedy atlas, using slapstick, witty wordplay, sight gags, disappearing pants, physical comedy, playful props and direct address to the audience.” Why are the Baskerville male heirs so susceptible to dying so young? Is it really a curse? And what about those paw prints? PG13

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Extras

  • Opening Night, Friday, June 23rd. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talkback after the show Thursday, June 29th, July 6th, and July 13th.
  • Director's Dinner: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Sunday, July 16, 5:00pm.

Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Uproariously funny.”

“Their versatility is a joy to watch, and Jim Helsinger’s lightning-quick direction emphasizes their tight chemistry.”

“The production’s lush look and top-notch cast make PSF’s The Hound of the Baskervilles an enjoyable ride.”

DC Metro Arts

“A loving send-up of theater itself.”

Reading Eagle

“Directed masterfully by Jim Helsinger”

“The lucky audience gets to see this done by three top-notch actor/comedians, assisted by a brilliant production team: scenic/lighting designer Steve TenEyck, costume designer Lisa Zinni and sound designer Don Tindall.”

“See it and be blissfully surprised.”

The Morning Call

“Has audiences howling…a rollicking good time”

“The kind of work that can only be pulled of by deceptively skilled, confident and wildly charismatic actors, and our triumphant trio comes through with flying colors the kind of work that can only be pulled of by deceptively skilled, confident and wildly charismatic actors, and our triumphant trio comes through with flying colors”

“An all-around delightful evening of theatre”

Lehigh Valley Press

“A regular laugh-riot”

“Lightning-strike repartee, and quick-change costumes and entrance and exits achieved like Olympians running the hurdles”

Features

Director Jim Helsinger Unleashes the Hound this Summer

Veteran actor, director, and artistic director of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Jim Helsinger talks about the spoof, the cast, and his return to PSF to direct The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Artists

Cast

Greg Wood

GREG WOOD*

Holmes, Stapleton, Cecile Stapleton, Mr. Barrymore, Mrs. Barrymore, Yokel #3

If it's summer, it's PSF!  Recent credits: Happy Birthday (1812 Productions), directing The Gift (Walnut St.) , Stupid F*%king Bird (Arden), playing Scrooge in McCarter Theatre’s new production of A Christmas Carol, and Barrymore nominations for The Nether and White Guy On The Bus. A huge thank you to the amazing audience here at PSF. So very happy to be back.

Carl Wallnau

CARL N WALLNAU*

Dr. Watson/Yokel #1

is pleased to return to PSF this season. Favorite past productions: Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Amadeus, The Tempest, and A Funny Thing…Forum. Selected Regional Theatre: Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, York Musical Theatre in NYC, and Hartford Stage. He is currently Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company, an equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College. MFA from Rutgers University. He is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau.

Jacob Dresch

JACOB DRESCH*

Sir Charles Baskerville, Sir Henry Baskerville, Mortimer, Cabbie, Yokel #2, Wise Yokel

could not be more proud than to return to the Festival beside two actors whom he has idolized since his very first year as an intern attending DeSales University. You may have seen him die multiple times last season in Julius Caesar, or in an irreverent farce such as PSF's The Foreigner or Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway:  The School for Scandal, The Way of the World (Red Bull Theater). Acting Instructor at the New York Film Academy. MFA, U.C. Irvine. For Darla, Momma, and the Daddyman.

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Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut St. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for OffBroadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Julius Caesar (2016), Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and Julius Caesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director; Associate Artistic Director

is the chairman of the theatre department of DeSales University, where he has been a faculty member for the last 33 years. He is also a founding member of PSF. Last summer, he directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story. He has directed many of PSF’s productions including Les Misérables,  Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, A Funny Thing…Forum, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Mr. Razze also composed musical scores for PSF’s Cyrano, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He recently received the Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts from the Arts Commission of the city of Allentown.

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CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 19 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to more than 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People's Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre.  Casey is a member of the PSF Board or Directors and also serves on the board of the Allentown Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  He looks forward to the future of PSF and its 2030 Vision. Special thanks to David for his work on souvenirs. All my love.

Jim Helsinger

JIM HELSINGER

Director

Jim's past directing credits at PSF include The Foreigner, Lend Me a Tenor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Sleuth, The Imaginary Invalid, Charley's Aunt, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other directing credits include: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, New York Fringe Festival, Prague Shakespeare Company and Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (where he serves as Artistic Director). Jim has acted at PSF in the roles of Lady Bracknell, Master Ford, Don Armado, Parolles, Bassanio, Malvolio, Arnolphe, Dogberry and Bottom. He is a member of the National Theatre Conference (NTC), National New Play Network (NNPN), Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and past president of the Shakespeare Theater Association (STA). www.orlandoshakes.org.

Steve TenEyck

STEVE TENEYCK

Scenic & Lighting Designer:

is pleased to return for his twelfth season at PSF. Design work: Dallas Theatre Center, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, TACT NYC, Big Art Group, Tri-Cities Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, The Kitchen Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hope on Stage and The Hangar Theatre. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College in New York.

Lisa Zinni

LISA ZINNI

Costume Designer

many seasons at PSF. Favorites include: Les Misérables, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antony and Cleopatra. Regional: How to Succeed in Business, Grease (Walnut St); Pericles, Henry V, Titus Andronicus, King Lear (Orlando Shakespeare); Lizzie: the Lizzie Borden Musical (TUTS  Houston TX).   Arden, Two River, People’s Light, Riverside Theatre Vero Beach,  Bristol Riverside, Syracuse Stage, Roundabout.  BROADWAY: Associate Costume Designer An American in Paris, Cats, School of Rock, The Glass Menagerie, The Play That Goes Wrong, A Christmas Story the Musical, Hair and Rent.  LisaZinni.com

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DON TINDALL

Sound Designer

is a free-lance sound designer and an associate professor of sound design at Ithaca College. Previously, he designed sound for the 2016 PSF production of Julius Caesar. He has also designed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Bridge Rep., and others. World premieres include: The Quick Change Room by Nagle Jackson, A Lesson Before Dying by Romulus Linney, Disguises by Craig Warner; and Strangerhorse, The Two of You, and Selling Out by Brian Dykstra.

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MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

This is Maggie's second season with PSF! Stage and production management credits include: Yours, Anne, among other productions (Half Moon Theatre); Seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (with The Pearl Theatre Company); Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour), Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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