Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays

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Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays
Runs Nov 16Dec 17, 2023
Written by:Ken Ludwig
Directed by:Mark Anderson Phillips
Supported by:Producer Charlie McCollum and Producer Clint Moore
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch

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Why you should see The Game’s Afoot

Because Mark Anderson Phillips (Blithe Spirit, Silent Sky) is directing.
Because we love a good holiday murder mystery.
Because the Sherlock Holmes hat is iconic.
Because scenic designer Ron Gasparinetti will create a 1930s castle.


This hilarious whodunit may best be described as Blithe Spirit meets The Hollow … with glittering 1930s flair. Set during the Christmas holidays in 1936, the comedy takes us into the Connecticut castle of Broadway star William Gillette, widely renowned for his stage turns as Sherlock Holmes. The weekend party is all fun and games until one of the guests gets murdered, and Gillette realizes he’ll have to play Sherlock for real.


William Gillette: Damian Vega
Felix Geisel: Tom Gough
Madge Geisel: Naomi Evans
Martha Gillette: Lillian Bogovich
Inspector Goring: Alycia Adame
Aggie Wheeler: Lauren Berling
Simon Bright: Anthony Castillon
Daria Chase: Gabriella Goldstein


Details and special events

Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays previews Nov. 16 and 17, and runs through Dec. 17. (No shows on Nov. 19 or 23.) The show is about two hours, with one 15-minute intermission. We would rate this production PG-13 for some adult content. Questions? Call our box office at 408-295-4200 during open hours: Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.; and tickets are $28-$67 now with no fees! Or subscribe for the rest of the season and get our best savings over single-ticket prices. Bring a group of 10 or more and get 25% off the face value of each ticket. The discount is automatically applied with 10 or more tickets in the cart. (Contact the box office if group members are paying separately.) The Game’s Afoot is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Covid protocols:
If you are feeling unwell, please stay home, and don’t worry about your tickets. We’ll be happy to exchange them for another performance, free of charge. Masks are recommended indoors, except on Dec. 2, 3 and 14, when they are required indoors. Learn more about our Covid-19 protocols.

Special events:
Thursday, November 16, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Call the box office at 408-295-4200 to name your own price.)
Friday, November 17, 8 p.m.: Preview Night.
Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.: Opening Night.
Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m.: On this night, we’re donating 25% of regular-priced single-ticket sales to Theatre Bay Area’s Mary Mason Lemonade Fund! See the show and help support the fund, which since 2000 has distributed over $100,000 to theater workers with critical illnesses, conditions or injuries.
Sunday, November 26: After the 2 p.m. matinee, stay after for an in-person talkback with director Mark Anderson Phillips and the cast. We will also have American Sign Language interpreters for the performance and talkback.

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Wednesday, December 6: Join us on Zoom at 7 p.m. for a free talkback with our director and artists. To sign up for this free event, simply “buy” a gratis ticket online, and we’ll email you the Zoom link.

Parking and other info:

We are unfortunately unable to offer any designated patron parking for the theater. View a parking map of downtown San Jose to see your options for street or lot spaces. The closest city lot is the First Street and I-280 Lot, under the freeway.

The theater is wheelchair-accessible; book the ADA & Companion seats when buying tickets. If you need ADA parking in front of our glass doors, note that on your order during check-out, or email or call the box office (408-295-4200).

Due to the intimate size of our theater, we unfortunately are not able to seat late patrons. Thank you for your understanding.

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