Why you should go:
Fans of Sherlock Holmes and The Wicker Man
do not want to miss the latest production presented by Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre
(PICT). During December, PICT invites you to take in some "Holmes" for the holidays. Marking the culminating production of its 2013 season, PICT is presenting the much buzzed about Pittsburgh premiere of The Crucifer of Blood
. Running December 4th through December 21st, the dramatic Sherlock Holmes style adventure will provide the perfect melange of intrigue, mystery, danger and suspicion needed to spice up your holiday festivities.
Written by the American playwright, actor, director, singer and musician Paul Giovanni (1933-1990), The Crucifer of Blood
is adapted from The Sign of the Four
, the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1890. Returning to PICT to reprise the role of Holmes--following his 2011 turn as the master detective in The Mask of Moriarty
--is David Whalen, who has performed in 20-plus roles as an associate artist with the company. Also returning from the 2011 production is Daryll Heysham, who plays Inspector Lestrade. Making his PICT debut as Dr. Watson is Justin R. G. Holcomb. Directed by Matt Torney, the production runs in The Charity Randall Theatre, which is located inside Oakland's Stephen Foster Memorial.
Giovanni's mysterious, exotic and at times deadly drama pits a master detective against an ingenious villain. Audiences will be drawn in as the play follows Irene St. Claire, who decides to hire detective Sherlock Holmes to investigate the troubles that her father and his three comrades suffered as a result of a blood oath made over a chest of jewels during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Fearing for her father's safety, St. Clair calls upon the ingenious detective, who attempts to unravel hidden clues as the exotic mystery turns more deadly. Theater-goers will be led through foggy London, from Baker Street--the legendary locale of Holmes' residence--to spooky Pondicherry Lodge, into a Limehouse opium den and even on a boat chase on the Thames, before returning to Baker Street. Only those in attendance can be sure if the cryptic Treasure of Agra will harm all who touch it.
Renowned for composing the distinctive and highly influential music for the 1973 British horror film The Wicker Man
, which stars Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland and has become a cult favorite both for its music and themes, Giovanni also staged the first British national tour of Amadeus