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Clockwise from upper left: Hugo Armstrong, Alan Tudyk, Ramiz Monsef, Leo Marks, Helen Sadler, and Austin Durant.

Clockwise from upper left: Hugo Armstrong, Alan Tudyk, Ramiz Monsef, Leo Marks, Helen Sadler, and Austin Durant.

Full Cast Announced for Mysterious Circumstances at the Geffen Playhouse

May 16, 2019 —The Geffen Playhouses today announced the full cast for Mysterious Circumstances (June 11 — July 14). The cast features Hugo Armstrong (God of Carnage, Bleed Rail) as The American and others, Austin Durant (War Horse, You Can’t Take It With You) as Conan Doyle and others, Leo Marks (Hamlet, The Hothouse) as Smith and others, Ramiz Monsef (Guards at the Taj, Archduke) as Watson and others, Helen Sadler(Photograph 51, One Man, Two Guv’nors) as Touie others and Emmy Award nominee Alan Tudyk (Spamalot, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Richard Lancelyn Green and Sherlock Holmes

Inspired by The New Yorker article Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic by David Grann, the play centers around the true story of the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, the world’s foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes. After spending two decades searching for the missing papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Green came close to unlocking the secrets behind Holmes’ creator when he tracked down Conan Doyle’s youngest daughter who possessed the treasured archives that were intended to be donated to the British Library upon her death.

After her passing in 1997, however, the papers were divided and put up for auction by distant relatives to Conan Doyle’s estate. Determined not to let these important historical documents disappear, Green led a very public campaign to keep these papers out of the hands of private collectors. As the campaign wore on, Green began hinting to his closest friends and family that he was receiving threats and being followed. What happened next remains a mystery to this day.

What is fact and what is fiction? With multiple suspects and competing motives, Green’s death raises questions that may be answered only by Homes himself in a new play inspired by the true story of these Mysterious Circumstances.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Written and adapted for stage by Michael Mitnick (Fly by Night, The Siegel) and directed by Matt Shakman (Bad Jews, Wait Until Dark, Good People), Mysterious Circumstances makes its world premiere June 11 — July 14, and marks the final production of Shakman’s first year as Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse.

Theatrical magic plays a featured role in this production with scenic design by Brett J. Banakis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and illusion design by world-renown magicians Francis Menotti and David Kwong.

"Mysterious Circumstances" Cast

Hugo Armstrong
Hugo Armstrong
(The American and others)

Hugo Armstrong has been a part of productions at Mark Taper Forum, Sacred Fools Theatre Company, Theatre of Note, The Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theatre, LA Theatre Works, South Coast Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre, RedCat, Walt Disney Concert Hall and here at the Geffen Playhouse. Recent television work includes Room 104, For The People, Into The Dark, Fear The Walking Dead and the upcoming Netflix series Messiah. Movie productions include Lucky with Harry Dean Stanton; Jim Byrkit’s Coherance; Roman J. Israel, Esq. with Denzel Washington; Daniel Martinico’s OK, Good; as well as the upcoming Horse Latitudes; Cuck; Dark Cloud; Grace and WE LOVE YOU DRAGO!, starring the indomitable Drago Sumonja. Hugo is a CalArts grad.

John Bobek
John Bobek
(Chester and others)

Mysterious Circumstances is his Geffen Playhouse debut. With Antaeus Theatre Company: Diana of Dobson’s, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Three Days In The Country,As You Like It, The Hothouse. L.A. theater: Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet, DISASTEROID! (Sacred Fools Theater Company); Stupid F**king Bird(Theatre @ Boston Court, U/S); Mental: The Musical (Edgemar Center for the Arts). Television: A Series of Unfortunate Events, American Crime, Longmire, Battle Creek,The West Wing, Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Castle. Film: When a Stranger Calls, Stomping Ground, Freshwater, Recoil.His original music is available under John Bobek on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify, BandCamp. B.A. Theatre Arts, Marquette University. Proud member of The Antaeus Company, Sacred Fools and The Collaborative. Represented by The Glick Agency. Managed by Perry Zimel.

Austin Durant
Austin Durant
(Conan Doyle and others)

Broadway: Macbeth; War Horse; You Can’t Take It With You. Public Theater: Much Ado About Nothing; A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Classic Stage Company: Nathan The Wise. LCT3: War. Yale Repertory Theatre: Assassins; Hamlet; Death of a Salesman; Passion Play; American Night. The Old Globe: Anna Christie; Comedy of Errors. Intiman Theatre: A Doctor In Spite of Himself. The Prototype Festival 2019: The Infinite Hotel. Berkshire Theatre Group: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; The Illusion; Oklahoma! Television: Search Party, Succession, The Good Fight, Elementary, Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest. B.A. Temple University. M.F.A. Yale School of Drama.

Leo Marks
Leo Marks
(Smith and others)

Leo Marks recently appeared as Shylock in Sarah Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened at the Theater @ Boston Court, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Other world premieres include Bill Cain’s How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Berkeley Rep and Seattle Rep), Charles Mee’s A Perfect Wedding (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Julia Cho’s The Language Archive (South Coast Repertory), Noah Haidle’s Smokefall(South Coast Repertory) and John Strand’s Lincolnesque (Old Globe). Other credits include Cymbeline (Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Royale (Cleveland Play House), Love and Information, (A.C.T.’s The Strand), Jack Burden in All the King’s Men (Intiman Theater), Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre) and productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Horizons, Pasadena Playhouse and Alley Theater. He’s a member of LA’s Antaeus Theater Company and a founding member of NYC’s Elevator Repair Service. Obie Award, Heather Woodbury’s Tale of 2Cities. LA Ovation and Stage Raw nominations, The Hothouse. Television/film credits include The Last Tycoon and the lead in the indie feature film The Maestro.

Ramiz Monsef
Ramiz Monsef
(Watson and others)

Ramiz is honored to be returning to the Geffen Playhouse where he previously appeared in Guards at the Taj, which won the Ovation Award for Best Production. Locally, he has also appeared in Archduke (Mark Taper Forum) and Vicuña (Kirk Douglas Theatre). He co-wrote the hit musical The Unfortunates, which ran at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at A.C.T. in San Francisco. He also co-wrote The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield, which was a part of the 2015 Humana Festival. In New York, he has appeared at Second Stage Theatre (Eurydice), The Culture Project (Betrayed) and New York Theatre Workshop (Alan Ball’s All That I Will Ever Be). He also appeared in regional theaters throughout the country including Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, A.C.T., Seattle Repertory, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company, and was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons. He is appearing in the upcoming film Synchronic, as well as the shows NCIS, Law & Order, SEAL Team, SWAT, Training Day and Modern Family.

Helen Sadler
Helen Sadler
(Touie and others)

Helen Sadler recently appeared in Photograph 51 at South Coast Repertory, playing “Dr. Rosalind Franklin.” Other credits include One Man, Two Guv’nors, a co-production with Berkeley Rep, and The Whale (South Coast Repertory); The Night Alive and Tribes (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Blood Wedding (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Daniel Deronda (L.A. Theatre Works); Cymbeline (A Noise Within); Sense and Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Northlight Theatre); The Maids (Writers Theatre); Blasted (A Red Orchid Theatre); Buried Child and A Taste of Honey (Shattered Globe Theatre); War (Chicago Irish Theatre). Television/film: “Sonnie” in Love, Death and Robots: Sonnie’s Edge (Netflix); Criminal Minds; NCIS; Revenge;True Blood; Thrill Ride; Too Late; Contagion. Voice: “Jyn Erso” in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (LucasFilm) and “Rey” in Lego Star Wars: Rey Strikes Back (Disney XD), and multiple video games.

Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
(Richard Lancelyn Green / Sherlock Holmes)

Alan Tudyk could be seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Prelude to a Kiss; Spamalot playing Lancelot with the original cast, minus the actor who previously played Lancelot; and Epic Proportions with Kristin Chenoweth. Off-Broadway credits include: David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Misalliance and Bunny Bunny. Alan’s film credits include K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Death at a Funeral, 3:10 to Yuma, Knocked Up, A Knight’s Tale and DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. Alan won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production for his work as King Candy in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, and has voiced roles in Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Television: Firefly, Suburgatory, Powerless and Con Man, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. In death, Alan will be survived by his beautiful, loving wife Charissa and two of his three dogs.