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The Sign of the Four
The Sign of the Four
"Sign of the Four encompasses sharp writing and acting… [This] exotic and dark new adaptation…is deliciously complex, and the resultant yarn positively beguiling." —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"[This] sharp, sophisticated, highly intelligent world premiere stage adaptation works like a charm…It's a very tasty curry indeed." —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
By by Dr. Shanghai Low. Adapted from the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cast: 7-10 m, 2-4w. Doyle's classic tale is equal parts love story and baffling mystery: Why is governess Mary Morstan—in mourning for the disappearance of her father years before—suddenly receiving anonymous gifts of priceless pearls? Why was Bartholomew Sholto murdered with a poisoned dart behind a locked door in the highest tower of Pondicherry Lodge in Norwood? And how are both of these events tied to a secret society's blood pact taken 31 years before at the Red Fort in Agra? Only two men are suited to untangle these conundrum literary history's best-known and best-loved deductive genius, Sherlock Holmes, and his constant companion, John Watson. Based on the second of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and combining elements and favorite characters from several more, this ode to Victorian stagecraft is wide open to all theatrical elements to spin its tale from the smoky environs of the second-floor rooms at Baker Street to the climactic steamboat chase down the Thames. Area staging. Two acts. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  SJ4
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  104
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  135 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Mystery | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422854
Publication Date: 11/18/2005
Charlie Athanas has been a designer, actor, musician and writer in Chicago since 1981. In addition to the theater, his design and concept work has been exhibited in museums throughout the world, in computer games (John Madden Football), comic books (Shatter), and commissioned by private clients including Interval Research Corporation and the band, U2.More
The son of British Naval Commander Miles Keith Loweth and a Chinese milliner's daughter— magnate, adventurer, scientist, wordsmith—Dr. Althos Jepthal Low's unofficial biographer, Sir Nelson Cardiff, attributes his extraordinary life span to experimental herbal treatments his mother received at Shanghai's May-In Chu Institute in 1874.

Whatever the catalyst, Dr. Low's age is speculated to be nearing an ...More
Steve Pickering is an actor, director and writer living in Los Angeles. Formerly the artistic director of the Next Theatre in Evanston, Ill., and an artistic associate for the Organic Theatre in Chicago, his award-winning stage adaptations include Lillian Ross' Picture, William Gibson's Burning Chrome and Clive Barker's In the Flesh—the last two penned with SLT's resident director, Charley Sherman.More
Kevin Theis has been an actor, director, producer and writer in Chicago for over fifteen years. Apart from his Fair Maid script, Kevin has also authored adaptations of The Three Musketeers and the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Sign of the Four, which had its debut in a critically acclaimed production at the Apple Tree Theatre in the summer of ...More
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