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Cast Announced for Geffen Playhouse World Premiere of “Mysterious Circumstances”

May 16, 2019

Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its world premiere production Mysterious Circumstances, written by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk Award nominee for Fly by NightThe Siegel) and directed by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Matt Shakman. This marks the first Geffen production Shakman will direct since joining the Los Angeles theater as its artistic director in 2017.
The cast features Emmy Award nominee Alan Tudyk (SpamalotRogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Richard Lancelyn Green and Sherlock Holmes, as well as Hugo Armstrong (God of Carnage, Bleed Rail) as The American and others, Austin Durant (War HorseYou Can’t Take It With You) as Conan Doyle and others, Leo Marks (HamletThe Hothouse) as Smith and others, Ramiz Monsef (Guards at the TajArchduke) as Watson and others and Helen Sadler (Photograph 51One Man, Two Guv’nors) as Touie and others. 
Previews for Mysterious Circumstances begin Tuesday, June 11 in the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is Wednesday, June 19. 
Based on a true story, Richard Lancelyn Green, the world's foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is found dead in his London apartment. With multiple suspects and competing motives, Green's death raises questions that may be answered only by Holmes himself. 
Inspired by The New Yorker article “Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic” by David Grann (The Lost City of ZKillers of the Flower Moon), this world premiere play by Michael Mitnick is an ode to literature's most cerebral detective and a meditation on the line between love and obsession.

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