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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B Cast and Creatives Announcement

The Old Globe
announces the full cast and creative team of
the delightful and entertaining play
Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B,
by Kate Hamill,
directed by James Vásquez

Performances begin July 27 and are already extended through August 25, 2024. Opening night is Thursday, August 1. 

Tickets are now on sale at www.TheOldGlobe.org

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of the Globe’s production of Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (June 27, 2024) The Old Globe is pleased to announce the full cast and creative team for Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B. The play is written by Off-Broadway Alliance Award winner Kate Hamill (Guthrie Theater’s Emma, Off Broadway’s Sense and Sensibility - adaptation) and is directed by Globe Resident Artist and Craig Noel Award winner James Vásquez (The Old Globe’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Hair ). Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B plays at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, from July 27 through August 25, 2024, with an official opening night performance on Thursday, August 1. Tickets are now on sale at www.TheOldGlobe.org.

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B is a fast-paced and wildly entertaining new play that reimagines the most iconic detective team of all time. In present-day Baker Street, steampunk hipster Shirley Holmes and her spunky new roommate Joan Watson become entangled in a series of cases all related to the same supervillain, who always seems to be one step ahead of them. This irreverent take on the beloved characters packs nonstop laughs into a rollicking murder mystery with a bold and modern lens.

“Kate Hamill is one of this country’s most produced playwrights, and we are thrilled to welcome her latest smash hit play to our stage,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson—Apt. 2B showcases what makes Hamill so popular. She reinvents Sherlock Holmes before our eyes, translating the iconic character to a new time, place, and gender, while injecting a bold and modern comic sensibility into the detective genre that Holmes always shapes so indelibly. The result is a highly enjoyable romp that’s clever, fun, and entirely surprising, especially in the hands of director James Vásquez, one of the Globe’s treasures. I can’t wait for San Diego audiences to meet this new duo: Holmes and Watson as you’ve never seen them!”

The cast for Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B includes Jenn Harris as Irene Adler, Mrs. Hudson, Others (Off-Broadway’s Modern Orthodox – Lucille Lortel and Theatre World Awards, Academy Award-nominated film American Fiction); Nehal Joshi as Inspector Lestrade, Elliot Monk, Others (Broadway’s The Cottage, Broadway’s All My Sons); Ruibo Qian as Ms. Sherlock Holmes (The Old Globe’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dial M for Murder); and Natalie Woolams-Torres as Ms. Joan Watson (Off-Broadway’s The Fears, Off-Broadway’s Tiny Beautiful Things).

Also, joining Hamill and Vásquez as part of the creative team for the Globe’s production of Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B are Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Shirley Pierson (Costume Design), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design), Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B will play on the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances for the five-week limited engagement run July 27 - August 25, 2024, with the official press opening performance on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $33 and are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), and in person at The Old Globe’s Box Office in Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). The Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar, scheduled for Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m., will provide patrons an exploration of the themes and background of Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B from selected artistic company members. Post-Show Forum events will be held on Tuesday, August 6, Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14 (evening performance). BIPOC Theatre Night is scheduled on Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. LGBTQIA+ Theatre Night will be held on Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. Open-Caption Performance is scheduled on Saturday, August 17 (matinee performance). This production includes mild language and violence. Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org for a full schedule and additional information.

Opening night post-show receptions for the cast and donors are held in the Craig Noel Garden.

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B is supported by lead production sponsors Karen and Donald Cohn Fund for Emerging Artists, HM Electronics, Inc.; production sponsors Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Elaine and Dave* Darwin; and artist sponsors Sonia Israel, in memory of Andy Israel (for director James Vásquez) and Lolly & Duck (for costume designer Shirley Pierson). *In memoriam.

Financial support of The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

Bios and photos of all participants can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional nonprofit regional theatres. Now in its 89th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! —have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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