(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 7, 2022) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Theatre Program will present Christopher M. Walsh’s “Miss Holmes” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18, and 19, with 2 p.m. matinees, Nov. 13 and 20. The show will take place in the Howard Studio Theatre at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 11 West, Room 163.
Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this theatrical fan fiction shines a new light on favorite characters from the canon, re-examining the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson by exploring the added obstacles faced by these two iconic characters if they were women.
When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. But this Holmes and Watson face far greater challenges than bringing the cunning criminal to justice. Miss Holmes possesses one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, but she chafes at the restraints imposed upon her by society and family. Dr. Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in London that will hire female doctors. In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, these unconventional women dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service.
The play is directed by India Marie Paul and assistant director William Ashburn with elements designed by Craig Smith, Amanda Schlachter, Pete Carney, Timothy Bourn, Ethan Fuhrmeister, and Kenji Trujillo.
The cast and crew of SCF students and faculty include: Helen Sanford, Victoria Flounders, Starr Mandell, Sophia Radebach, Sarah Chowdhury, Maxx Sorba, William Ashburn, Thomas Finn, Jean Felicita, James Thaggard, and Martin Nicholas.
General admission tickets are $15; SCF staff tickets are $10, and student admission is $8. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SCF.edu/Theatre or SCF.edu/Neel, call the box office at 941-752-5252, or contact Craig Smith at SmithC@SCF.edu.