2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.
On November 13, the Cotuit Center for the Arts presents a staged reading of Susan Lumenello’s new comedy The Sherlock Problem.
Arthur Conan Doyle has a problem: the great detective Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous, most beloved character.
At first, Arthur brims with excitement over Sherlock’s arrival. The young doctor and would-be author hopes his brainchild will bring him recognition and rescue him from a dull, unprofitable medical practice. That’s exactly what Sherlock does.
But as they do in any relationship, things change. The Sherlock stories prove wildly successful, beyond even Arthur’s expectations. So famous does Sherlock become that he outshines his creator, and the demand for more stories grows and grows. Arthur comes to hate Sherlock. And so, with pen in hand, he does something about it.
Author Susan Lumenello says of The Sherlock Problem, “The Sherlock canon has been well tried for a reason – Holmes is a fascinating character. But the fraught and complicated relationship between Arthur Conan Doyle and his signature creation has never been fully explored.”
Directed by Sue Lindholm.
Susan Lumenello’s one-act play Buzz was performed at the Boston Theater Marathon; her one-act The Annoying Minstrels was performed at the Cotuit Center for the Arts; her full-length comedy Easy to Love was given a staged reading at the Provincetown Theatre; and Dreamsville, a full-length, had a staged reading at the Barnstable Comedy Club in August 2019.
The Sherlock Problem
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm