The Hound of the Baskervilles, a comedy adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated Sherlock Holmes mystery, opens Penguin Rep Theatre's 2012 season tonight, May 18.
The first of four mainstage productions selected for the nonprofit professional theatre's 35th season, The Hound of the Baskervilles will be directed by Mark Shanahan and presented through June 10 at Penguin's intimate, 108-seat theatre in Stony Point (Rockland County), New York.
In Hound of the Baskervilles, legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson investigate the mysterious case of the "hound of hell" that stalks the moors. "But the classic story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this new adaptation", says Penguin Rep artistic director Joe Brancato. "Part Alfred Hitchcock, part Marx Brothers, it features adventure, suspense and non-stop laughs."
The cast of Hound of the Baskervilles features David Arkema, Steven Hauck and Andy Prosky.
Mark Shanahan's work as a director has been seen at Penguin Rep, where he staged The Woman in Black in 2009, as well as at Houston's Alley Theatre, The George Street Playhouse, and New Jersey Rep. As an actor, Mark appeared at Penguin Rep in Women Who Steal and Mrs. Mannerly. His NYC acting credits include the original Broadway company of The 39 Steps (The Cort Theatre); As Bees In Honey Drown (Lucille Lortel Theatre); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Roundabout); and Tryst (directed by Joe Brancato at Irish Rep). Regional theatre appearances include Journey's End (directed by Gregory Boyd), Tryst, Sedition, Around The World In 80 Days (Westport Country Playhouse); and David Copperfield (directed by JoAnne Woodward and Anne Keefe).
Steven Hauck (Sherlock Holmes) starred on Broadway in Irena's Vow and was seen last season in Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Adventure at Penguin Rep. He recently performed Off Broadway in One Arm directed by Moisés Kaufman at The New Group, and his NYC credits also include Spy Garbo (3LD), The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theater), King Lear with Paul Sorvino, and new plays with The Directors Company, Emerging Artists (company member), and the Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane.
Andy Prosky (Dr. Watson) returns to Penguin Rep where he appeared in Around The World In 80 Days in 2010. His NYC credits include King Lear starring Christopher Plummer at Lincoln Center, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo And Juliet, and The Tempest at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regionally, he has performed at Arena Stage, Fords Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Folger Theatre, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Vienna's English Theatre.