Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood

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David Whalen and Justin R. G. Holcomb as Holmes and Watson in The Crucifer of Blood Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons

David Whalen and Justin R. G. Holcomb as Holmes and Watson in The Crucifer of Blood Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons

by Paul Giovanni
A Pittsburgh Premiere
Directed by MATT TORNEY

December 4 – 21, 2013 — The Charity Randall Theatre

When Irene St. Clair calls on Sherlock Holmes, fearing for her father’s safety, Holmes is intrigued and Watson is smitten. With every clue, this exotic mystery becomes more deadly. Can the master detective save the day, or will an ingenious villain stay one step ahead of Holmes at every turn? Will the curse of the Treasure of Agra harm all who touch it? From the blood oath made over the chest of jewels in India, this thriller moves us throughout foggy London, from Baker Street to the spooky Pondicherry Lodge, to a Limehouse opium den to a boat chase on the Thames…and finally back to Baker Street. An adventure for the whole family!

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David WhalenSherlock Holmes – David Whalen

David Whalen is back as Sherlock Holmes! You may have seen him play Sherlock for PICT in The Mask of Moriarty, PICT’s highest revenue-producing show ever, in 2011. As an Associate Artist with PICT, David has performed more than 20 roles, including Don Juan in Don Juan Comes Back from the War this season and the title role in 2013’s Ivanov. He has performed on other Pittsburgh stages: Good People, God of Carnage, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Electra and The Royal Family (Pittsburgh Public Theatre); The Monster in the Hall, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Opus, Speak American, and The Morini Strad (City Theatre); August Osage County (The REP); Cymbeline (Quantum); and Take Me Out (barebones). In 2012, he was named the MVP Performer by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well as being recognized as Performer of the Year for 2007. He played Claudius in the Folger Theatre’s Hamlet, which won the Helen Hayes Award in 2010. In 2009 he won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, a role he previously played for PICT. David has performed across the country, in New York and in Europe, including The Roundabout, South Coast Rep, Alley Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, Hartford Stage, Everyman Theatre, The Roundhouse, Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and Venice’s Bienalle Festival,  among others. David also recently wrapped filming for The Fault in Our Stars and the leading role in The Legion, and has many other film and TV credits.

Justin HolcombDr. John Watson – Justin R. G. Holcomb

Justin is delighted to be making his PICT debut in The Crucifer of Blood. He was recently seen in New York City playing Claudius in Hamlet. Additional credits include A Christmas Story for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Unnecessary Farce for Gulfshore Playhouse, Great Expectations for Mill Mountain Theatre; in New York, he has been seen in Orphan Train (directed by Patricia Birch); Henry VI, pt 3 (Warwick); The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin); Richard Foreman’s Georges Bataille’s Bathrobe (U.S. Premiere); The Moose That Roared (Theodore Roosevelt); King Lear (Cornwall); As You Like It (Dukes Frederick & Senior). He has written and composed Teen Party Massacre! and Snatchers! (both with John D. Ivy).  He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the University of Oklahoma. He is a Master Mason at The Brick Theatre of Brooklyn and is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.


Gayle Pazerski HeadshotGayle Pazerski – Irene St. Clair

Gayle was mostly recently seen on the PICT stage in Don Juan Comes Back From the War in August. She has performed regionally in New York, Ohio, and West Virginia, and locally with Quantum Theatre, Bricolage, No Name Players, and Caravan Theatre. Favorite roles include Chantalle in Chicks with Dicks, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Liz in The Book of Liz, and Sarah in The End of the Affair. As a playwright, Gayle’s work has been featured with Bricolage’s Midnight Radio series, No Name Players’ SWAN Day, Organic Theater Pittsburgh, and the Future Ten 10-minute play festival. Gayle has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and studied in the graduate acting program at Rutgers University under William Esper.

Daryll HeyshamInspector Lestrade – Daryll Heysham

Daryll is delighted to return to PICT for a fourth time and reprise the role of Inspector Lestrade. He previously played the good Inspector in 2011’s smash hit The Mask of Moriarty and also appeared as Jimmy in The Pitmen Painters and Montano in Othello. Recently at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, he played the King of Bohemia in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. At the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Daryll has performed in Superior Donuts, The Royal Family, and Harry’s Friendly Service, all directed by Ted Pappas. Other Pittsburgh credits include 12 Angry Men for Prime Stage, That Championship Season for The REP, and The Clockmaker for City Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding and Much Ado About Nothing. Daryll played opposite George Peppard in a national tour of The Lion in Winter and logged over 1,000 performances of Shear Madness in its original Philadelphia production. Favorite roles include Biff in Death of a Salesman (opposite Harold Gould), Milo in Sleuth, Bernard in Arcadia, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Daryll has appeared at numerous regional theatres, including the Walnut Street Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Iowa’s Riverside Shakespeare Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company, and Florida Stage.

Ken BoldenKen Bolden – Major Alistair Ross

Ken returns to PICT after having appeared in Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. His last local appearance was in Our Town (Prof. Willard) at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, where he was also see in The Comedy of Errors, Amadeus, The Odd Couple, and Born Yesterday. With Quantum Theatre, he has performed in Mnemonic, John Gabriel Borkman, Mouth to Mouth, Anna Karenina and Twelfth Night. He has performed with Bricolage, Barebones, The REP, Pittsburgh Playwrights and Open Stage. On TV he has been seen in commercials for the PA Lottery, and as the Vice Principal in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjahs!  And in film, he has been messily dispatched in Sorority Row (Dr. Rosenburg).

Jonathan VisserJonathan Visser – Captain Neville St. Clair

In Jonathan’s short time in Pittsburgh he has worked with Bricolage, City Theater, The REP, and the The CLO. His last roles with PICT were Zygmunt in Our Class, Solyony in Three Sisters, Kosyk in Ivanov, and Dmitri in Yalta Game. Regional Credits include Dallas Theater Center, Casa Manana, Clarence Brown Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Hope Summer Repertory and PCPA. Jonathan is a proud graduate of the Masters program at the University of Tennessee, 2010.

Malcolm MaderaMalcolm Madera – Jonathan Small

Malcolm is proud to be making his PICT debut in The Crucifer of Blood. His off-Broadway credits include The Mnemonist of Duchess County (The Attic); Derby Day (Camisade Theatre); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective); Al’s Business Cards (At Play); The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side (The Amoralists); Dance Lessons (Samuel French Festival Winner)  Somewhere in the Pacific (PTP, The Atlantic Stage 2); I.E., In Other Words (The Flea).  His TV credits include House of Cards (Netflix); Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Taxi Brooklyn (TVFR). Film credits include The Days God Slept, And if I Stay, Dead Men, LVJ, My Brother Jack, Circledrawers etc. Malcolm is a company member of The Amoralists and a founding member of The Camisade Theatre Company.

Michael FullerMichael Fuller – Wali Dad / Mordecai Smith

Michael Fuller most recently worked with PICT two seasons ago, playing Barry Love in House and Garden and Charles Strickland in Mamet’s Race. Previous PICT credits include Mark Twain (and other characters) in Beautiful Dreamers, Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer and various characters in Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30. Other recent roles include Capt. Baines in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Tammy Ryan’s Soldier’s Heart and Steve in Becky’s New Car both at The REP, and Hamilton Effing in Too Many Cooks at St. Vincent Summer Theatre. In addition to working as a professional actor, Michael teaches theatre at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama Pre-College Program and Point Park University.

Luke HalfertyLuke Halferty – Durga Dass / Birdy Johnson

Luke was most recently seen on the PICT stage as Mr. Hopper in Lady Windermere’s Fan. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting from Point Park University, where his credits include Oklahoma (Jud Fry), The Crucible (Rev. Parris), The School for Scandal (Rowley), The Outsiders (Dallas), and Afternoon of the Elves (Mr. Lennox) He has also worked with St. Vincent Summer Theatre in Too Many Cooks. 

Can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes? The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh can help!

You’ll find plenty about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes to browse or borrow at the library. Click on the titles to go to our catalog and reserve a copy today!

The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Read the original Sherlock Holmes’ mystery that started it all.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The first collection of short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

The Adventures of Conan Doyle: The Life of the Creator of Sherlock Holmes by Charles Higham
A biography of the man behind the world’s greatest detective.

Sherlock Holmes in London: A Photographic Record of Conan Doyle’s Stories by Charles Viney
Discover Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London.

The Crucifer of Blood: a new Sherlock Holmes mystery, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle  by Paul Giovanni

The Crucifer of Blood. DVD
Stars Charlton Heston as the great detective.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. DVD
Starring the late Jeremy Brett, this is one of the best adaptations ever.

Sherlock. DVD (BBC Series)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take on 21st century London.