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

[image: Art Deco chandelier lit up and hanging from the ceiling]
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 holiday good murder mystery.
Because the Sherlock Holmes hat is iconic.
Because scenic designer Ron Gasparinetti will create an Art Deco castle.


This hilarious whodunit may best be described as Blithe Spirit meets The Hollow meets The Play That Goes Wrong … with glittering Art Deco 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 November 16 and 17, and runs through December 17. (No shows on November 19 or 23.) Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and tickets are $28-$67 now with no fees! Or subscribe for the full season and get our best savings over single-ticket prices. The Game’s Afoot is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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.)

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 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.: See the show on this night, and 10% of your ticket will support Theatre Bay Area’s Lemonade Fund!
Sunday, November 26: After the 2 p.m. matinee, stay after for an in-person talkback with director Mark Anderson Phillips and the cast.

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.