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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B

July 27 - August 25

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B
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July 27 – August 25, 2024

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Kate Hamill
Directed by James Vásquez

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. From the witty imagination of Kate Hamill, one of the most popular playwrights in America, this irreverent take on the beloved characters packs nonstop laughs into a rollicking murder mystery with a bold and modern lens. BroadwayWorld proclaimed, “Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B is delightful and entertaining.”

This production includes mild language and violence.

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Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.

BIPOC Theatre Night: Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ Theatre Night: Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, August 6; Tuesday, August 13; and Wednesday, August 14 (evening performance).

Open-Caption Performance: Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m.

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


Cast and Creatives



Kate Hamill


Kate Hamill (Playwright) Works: Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B (Kansas City Rep, Portland Center Stage), Emma (Guthrie, Denver Center), Dracula (Classic Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Little Women (Primary Stages, Jungle Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Primary Stages), Mansfield Park (Northlight Theatre), Sense & Sensibility (Off Broadway/Bedlam; “Top Ten Plays of 2014” by Ben Brantley in The New York Times and by The Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history”).

James Vásquez


James Vásquez (Director) The Old Globe: Resident Artist; Under a Baseball Sky, American Mariachi (world premieres); Hurricane Diane, Tiny Beautiful Things, Rich Girl (West Coast premieres); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! National credits: Signature Theatre (upcoming), Goodspeed Musicals, Denver Center Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Marriott Theatre, Two River Theater; developmental workshops with South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Lively McCabe Entertainment. Education: The Juilliard School. jamesvasquez.com.

Sean Fanning

Scenic Design

Sean Fanning (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Full Gallop (Craig Noel Award nomination), Looking for Christmas, A Doll’s House, Plaid Tidings, Kingdom. Globe for All: Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well. Regional: All Is Calm, Nina Simone: Four Women (Alabama Shakespeare), Mother of the Maid (Bay Area Critics Circle Award), Oslo, My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre), Straight White Men (Florida Studio), Native Gardens (Center REP), A Doll’s House Part 2, Fun Home (SD Rep), On the Twentieth Century (Craig Noel Award), Seven Guitars, King Hedley II (Cygnet). Honors: 2016 Craig Noel Award for Body of Work. Other: professor of Theatre Design and Technology at MiraCosta College. Education: M.F.A. in Scene Design from SDSU. seanfanningdesign.com, @seanfanningdesign on Instagram.

Shirley Pierson

Costume Design

Shirley Pierson (Costume Design) San Diego–based, award-winning costume designer. The Old Globe: Hurricane Diane, Tiny Beautiful Things, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl. Highlights: Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice, The Little Fellow; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Shockheaded Peter (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Costume Design), Pageant, Assassins, Parade (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Costume Design), Spring Awakening, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company), Marry Me a Little, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Pippin, Next Fall, Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary Theatre). shirleypiersondesigns.com.

Amanda Zieve

Lighting Design

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: English, Crime and Punishment, A Comedy, Dial M for Murder, Hair, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Rich Girl. San Diego: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical, Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse), Evita, Cabaret, Rock of Ages (Cygnet). National: Off Broadway, Goodman, Goodspeed, Signature, Alliance, Kansas City Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Bucks County Playhouse, Two River, Music Theater Heritage, San Diego Symphony. Broadway: The Who’s Tommy; associate on Escape to Margaritaville, Bright Star, Allegiance; assistant on Hamilton; 15 other productions. Education: B.A. in Theatre from CSU Northridge. amandazieve.com.

Melanie Chen Cole

Sound Design

Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) (she/her) The Old Globe: Henry 6, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noura, Tiny Beautiful Things, The Imaginary Invalid. Regional theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Northern Stage, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com, @melaniechencole.

Caparelliotis Casting


Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: Fat Ham, Stir, King James, English, The Age of Innocence, Exotic Deadly, Under a Baseball Sky, What We Talk About…, Dial M for Murder, Mala, Shutter Sisters, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Wanderers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Skeleton Crew. Select Broadway: Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Grey House, Ohio State Murders, Macbeth, The Minutes, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Jitney, Blackbird, Disgraced. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).

Marie Jahelka

Production Stage Manager

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Crime and Punishment, A Comedy, The XIXth, The Taming of the Shrew, Shutter Sisters, The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Red Velvet. Regional: The Ballad of Johnny and June, SUMO, Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse), The Inheritance (Geffen Playhouse), Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions), The Humans, Aubergine, Evita, Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Last Five Years, HIR, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre Company). Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

Evelyn G. Myers

Assistant Stage Manager

Evelyn G. Myers (Assistant Stage Manager) (she/her) The Old Globe: Fat Ham, Globe for All’s The Comedy of Errors, Henry V. La Jolla Playhouse: The Garden, POP Tour (Hoopla!), POP Tour (Pick Me Last), POP Tour x National Disability Theatre (Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space). North Coast Repertory: Sense of Decency, Pippin. Grand Central Art Center: Savage in Limbo. Hollywood Fringe Festival: The First and the Last (Encore Award). Young Theatre: Bell, Book, and Candle (Kennedy Center Excellence in Stage Management Award).