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New Ken Ludwig Play to Get a Staged Reading at the Kennedy Center

The reading of “Baskerville,” an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, will be directed by Ludwig himself.

Playwright Ken Ludwig. Photograph courtesy of Adventure Theatre.

Washington’s most celebrated local playwright, Tony Award winner
Ken Ludwig (Crazy For You, Lend Me a Tenor), was plenty prolific last season, debuting a new comedy,
The Game’s Afoot, at the Cleveland Play House, and premiering two plays written for younger audiences.
Twas the Night Before Christmas, his first show for children, ran in December at Adventure Theatre, while
Midsummer/Jersey, a Shakespeare adaptation written for high school performers, played in November
at Fairfax’s James Robinson High School.

Ludwig has also been hard at work on
Baskerville, a five-actor adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
The Hound of the Baskervilles, which audiences can first experience at this year’s Page-to-Stage festival at the
Kennedy Center. Running September 1 through 3, the festival is an annual highlight
for fans of new theater, offering staged readings and open rehearsals over three days
by around 40 local companies.

Ludwig will direct the reading, which is co-presented by the Folger Theatre, Signature
Theatre, and the Kennedy Center/Kenan Fellowship Program and stars husband-and-wife
Cody Nickell and
Kate Eastwood Norris, recently onstage together in the Folger’s production of
The Taming of the Shrew. The reading also features
Ian Merrill Peakes (seen at the Folger in
Othello and
Henry VIII),
James Konicek, and
Jason Lott. Nickell plays Holmes and Peakes plays Watson, with the other three actors voicing
the remaining 30-plus roles.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include a staging of
Jacqueline Lawton’s
The Hampton Years, presented by Theater J and directed by
Shirley Serotsky. The show is scheduled to run at Theater J next June. There’s also an open rehearsal
session for Synetic Theater’s new adaptation of
Jekyll and Hyde, which debuts in Arlington September 20.

For more information about this year’s Page-to-Stage festival, visit the Kennedy Center’s