Posted May 19, 2022
| 5:08 p.m.
As the fifth and final show of its 2021-22 season, Ensemble Theater Company (ETC) will present the Tony Award-winning thriller “Sleuth” June 11-26 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara.
Written by Anthony Shaffer and directed by Jenny Sullivan, “Sleuth” opens at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 with previews at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 and 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The show will continue until Sunday, June 26.
A game of cat and mouse, “Sleuth” was a hit on Broadway in the late 1960s and served as the basis for two blockbuster films. both with Michael Caine. The story centers on two ruthless men locked together in a deadly power struggle.
“Sleuth” is set in the home of Andrew Wyke, a hugely successful mystery writer. Wyke’s home reflects his obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction, and his fascination with games and games. He lures his wife’s lover Milo Tindle to the house and persuades him to stage a theft of her jewelry.
Wyke’s proposal sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins.
“We close our season with one of the greatest thrillers ever written for the stage,” said ETC Artistic Director Jonathan Fox. “We have assembled a dream cast and, under the extraordinary vision of ETC favorite Jenny Sullivan, coupled with an extraordinary design team, our subscribers and audiences will be kept in suspense until the very last seconds of this conductor. -of legendary work.”
The cast of “Sleuth” includes stage and film actor Daniel Gerroll as Andrew Wyke. Gerroll has been seen on TV in “Blue Bloods”, “Law and Order” and “Seinfeld”. Her feature film roles include major roles in “Big Business” (with Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler) and “Chariots of Fire.” Broadway credits include “Plenty” and “Enchanted April.”
Gerroll was also seen on the ETC stage as Salieri in “Amadeus”.
Matthew Floyd Miller plays Milo Tindle, the lover of Wyke’s wife, who has been lured into Wyke’s house to stage a robbery – or so he thinks. Miller has been seen in previous ETC productions including “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Measure for Measure”, and “The 39 Steps”.
Sullivan’s many directing credits at the Ensemble Theater Company include: “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical”, “The Legend of Georgia McBride”, “I Am My Own Wife” (Indy Award), “The Lion in Winter” (Indy Award), “The Mystery of Irma Vep” (Indy Award) and “The Clean House”.
For Ventura’s Rubicon Theater Company she directed “The Baby Dance: Mixed”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Hamlet “.
Other Santa Barbara productions include “Marat/Sade”, “Listen for Wings” (Access Theatre), “Nancy Nufer’s Food Confessions”, “Mother Earth/Father Sky” and “The Shadow Box”, all at the Lobero Theater.
The scenic design is by Fred Kinney; lighting design, Jared A. Sayeg; sound design, Randall Robert Tico; costume design, Dianne K. Graebner; and property design, John M. McElveney. Fight direction is by Kenneth Merck and casting by Amy Lieberman. The production manager is Dale Alan Cooke.
“Sleuth” (1970) was playwright Shaffer’s most notable work, winning the Tony Award for Best Play. Shaffer received the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards for Best Play in 1971 and Best Screenplay in 1973. His other major screenplays include the Hitchcock thriller “Frenzy” (1972) and the cult thriller “The Wicker Man” (1973) , directed by Robin Hardy.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $77. Single tickets are available at the ETC box office, 805-965-5400, or online at etcsb.org.
“Sleuth” is made possible by ETC’s 2021-22 season sponsor Dana White and production sponsor Paula Y. Bruice.
The New Vic has upgraded its theater ventilation system to meet current health standards, including premium filters and 40% outside air intake. Lobby restrooms have additional air purification stations. To verify www.etcsb.org for any updated procedures prior to your scheduled performance date.