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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

Witness murder, mayhem and deception unfold in Arizona Theatre Company’s world premiere thriller, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club. Commissioned by ATC, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher brings the famous detective alive in an original tale full of intrigue, twists and chills.

Sherlock Holmes is directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein and launches ATC’s 45th anniversary in Tucson.

This production plays at the Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., in downtown Tucson.

The story unfolds in the heart of London, behind the impassive facade of a windowless house, where some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is murder, and this is The Suicide Club. But the Club has a new member: Sherlock Holmes.

Brilliant, perceptive, the greatest detective in the English-speaking world and susceptible to the darkest moods, Holmes has joined the Club. Does he wish to die? Will he have to kill? Can his old friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn’t Holmes want to be saved?

And all the time, we are aware that dark forces deep within The Suicide Club may be manipulating the deaths of prominent men in a plot so far reaching that the fate of Europe is at stake.

A beguiling world premiere thriller commissioned by ATC from one of its favorite authors brings the famous detective alive in a tale full of mystery, twists and chills.

“Jeffrey Hatcher has pulled a devilishly clever trick in writing his new play,” said Goldstein. “He has combined the beloved characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle into a story suggested by The Suicide Club, an 1878 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. The result is an all-new Holmes tale that whips us around Edwardian London in the years before World War I. Daring gambits, desperate gambles, sleight-of-hand and deadly showdowns all play a part in a whip-smart mystery worthy of Conan Doyle.

“As in his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jeffrey has rung intriguing variations on iconic characters in a deliciously theatrical dish.”

“The first novel I read was ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles,’” commented Jeffrey Hatcher. “I was 10 years old, and for the next year or so I referred to our family’s miniature poodle as ‘that hound of hell’ and called the fields of our Ohio farm ‘the moor.’ So it shouldn’t surprise anyone seeing Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club that its author is a devotee of Holmes, Watson and their creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“Writing this play for Arizona Theatre Company – and having the chance to work with David Ira Goldstein and his superb cast and design team – has been a great joy,” Hatcher continued. “There’s nothing better in life than working with good, talented people – unless it’s sitting at home alone thinking up ways to murder them.”

Adult tickets start at $31, depending on performance date and section choice.

For ticket information, visit the ATC website at www.arizonatheatre.org.

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