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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of The Speckled Band

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Victor Barbella
March 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Producer-Actor-Graphic Designer-Crew.

What is your show about?
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Speckled Band is a race against time to prevent the death of fearful, young Helen Stoner, while resolving the death of her sister, Julia, whose dying words were: It was the band. The speckled band!

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
As the co-founder and co-owner of Gotham Radio Theatre, I most definitely find our genre - radio theater - to be the most exciting, challenging and fun style of theater to create. Gotham's approach of presenting plays, screenplays and literature in 1940's radio style, with actors playing multiple characters and live sound effects and music is not only refreshing, but interesting for an actor and uniquely entertaining for the audience. As Gotham's producer,the process of bringing a story to life not only visually, but so it can be 'heard' as never before is creatively challenging and rewarding at the same time.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
...takes you back to the 1940's as if you're sitting in a studio audience watching and hearing a radio show being broadcast live. Not only do you get to experience a classic mystery as it would have been performed on the radio, but you get the added enjoyment of watching a "play within a play," as all of our actors play fictional 1940's stage and screen stars who- in turn - perform this classic Holmes favorite! You get a firsthand peek at the fun, friction and foibles of our "stars" behind the scenes!

Are there any cautions or warnings you’d like to make about the show (e.g., not appropriate for little kids)?
The only warning I offer is to buy tickets quickly, as they sometimes sell out! Suspenseful, entertaining and running little more than 60 minutes total, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Speckled Band is great fun for children, families and people of all ages, alike. No caution needed with this mystery, but here's a challenge: when you join us for Sherlock Holmes, sit back, close your eyes and listen carefully and see if you don't feel like you've gone back in time to the 1940's!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Well, we are performing Sherlock Holmes, so the only word to describe the show is SMART: Suspenseful, Mysterious, Artistic, Resourceful, Talented.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Of course theater can and does bring about societal change. That's part of the magic of theater. Through theater, we examine and explore our values, needs, desires and behaviors and gain deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Gotham Radio not only presents stories that have universal themes, but gives audiences the opportunity to appreciate the art of listening and the importance of imagination by "visiting" an era quite different from today.