Jonathan Josephson, co-founder of Unbound Productions has spent three years developing Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective, “a smash-up of ‘A Scandal in Bohemia,’ ‘The Adventure of the Copper Beeches,’ and ‘The Red-Headed League’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
There are plenty of characters from the original Sherlockian universe but there are also new characters and variations on old characters, and I had to figure out how to blend them using some of the more theatrical moments of the stories and make them come to life. I definitely wanted to bring Doyle’s wit and humor into the play so it’s got a lot of Doyle’s original language, but it’s also got a very original ending that will feel familiar to Holmes aficionados but will still be totally different because it had never existed until I wrote it. It’s not shy about having fun with language and words.
—Jonathan Josephson in “Theatre in Historic Places” by Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld.com
Unbound, which introduced immersion theater with History Lit and Wicked Lit, brings its unique style to the LA Arboretum. Actors play their roles, moving from scene to scene as the audience follows, often only feet away from the action. The location is on and around Lucky Baldwin’s 1890s-era train station, the Santa Anita Train Depot. Unbound Productions co-founder Paul Millet directs.
Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective
Friday, June 1st (preview) through Saturday, July 2nd at 8 p.m.
LA Arboretum, 159 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Tickets: $40-$55; find dates and purchase here