Central Square Theater Opens 2011-2012 Season with
"The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Original Cast and Creative Team Return

Central Square Theater kicks off its fall season with its 2010 Summer hit, "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s laugh-out-loud farce reunites the original cast, including Remo Airaldi, Trent Mills and Bill Mootos with and director Thomas Derrah. Performances are set for September 7 – October 2. Central Square Theater is located at 450 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.

The fast-paced send-up of the classic Sherlock Holmes novella is filled with a host of physical humor and visual gags that earned it sold out runs in London and Lenox.

This production of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" marks the first time a Central Square Theater Leadership Program production has transitioned from a special, stand-alone event to become part of the mainstage subscription season at the theater.

Steven Canny has written or adapted such works as "A Dulditch Angel," "A Shropshire Lad," "Humble Boy," "Mnemonic," and "The Virtuous Burglar." His directing credits include "Slavery: the Making of…," "The Fire Raisers," "A Conspiracy at Sevres," "Otherkin," "When You Cure Me," "Caesar! Empress of the West," "Donation," "Burglar Beware," "A Song for Edmond Shakespeare" and "Rabbit Punching."

John Nicholson is one third of the award-winning comedy theater trio Peepolykus. His work with them includes "Let the Donkey Go," "I am a Coffee," "Horses for Courses," "The Midsummer Rude Mechanicals," "Goose Nights" and "Mindbender." Mr. Nicholson has also written for BBC Radio 4, and has been on attachment as a writer to the National Theatre in London. With Steven Canny, his 2007 adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" broke box office records at the West Yorkshire Playhouse before transferring to London’s West End. Their 2008 play, "Spyski!," successfully toured the UK. Last year, Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Canny co-wrote "Origins" (about the life of Charles Darwin) for Pentabus Theatre and "Foot/Mouth" for the National Youth Theatre.

Remo Airaldi (Sherlock Holmes) has performed in more than sixty productions at the American Repertory Theatre in such productions as "Cabaret," "Romance," "Endgame," "Cardenio," "Donnie Darko," "The Onion Cellar" and "Waiting for Godot." He has also performed with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, at Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Serious Fun Festival, Moscow Art Theatre and The Taipei International Arts Festival.

Bill Mootos (Dr. Watson) has appeared in countless area productions over the past decade, from the Huntington Theatre Company and Publick Theatre to Metropolitan Playhouse of NYC, Manhattan Theatre Source, North Shore Music Theatre, the Vineyard Playhouse, Gloucester Stage Company, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Garage Theatre Group of NJ and the Barnstormers of New Hampshire. He has also been seen in the films "The Company Men," "Locked In," "Hard Luck"and "Easy Listening," among others.

Trent Mills is a graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music in musical theatre. In addition to appearing in Actors’ Shakespeare Project's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," he has been seen in "Killer Joe," "Falsettos," "Machinal," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cloud 9 "at the Conservatory.

Director Thomas Derrah has appeared in more than one hundred productions at American Repertory Theater and has toured with them through the U.S., Europe, Canada, Israel, Japan and in Taiwan and Moscow. He was seen on Broadway in twenty-seven roles in "Jackie: An American Life," as well as off–Broadway and in regional theaters, including New Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. His directing credits include the annual children’s theater production "The Island of Anyplace" at the ART, among others. His awards and honors include the 1994 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, 2000 and 2004 IRNE Awards for Best Actor, and the 1997 Los Angeles DramaLogue Award.

For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call 866-811-4111 or visit CentralSquareTheater.org.

-- OnStage Boston



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