Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (play 2017)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (2017)

Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem is a play written by R. Hamilton Wright and directed by Katy Brown, performed at the Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA, USA) from 28 september to 11 november 2017, starring Justin Tyler Lewis as Sherlock Holmes and Zacchaeus Kimbrell as Dr. Watson.

In 1887, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show truly appeared in London. It was Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and people from all over the world who had descended on the city to celebrate were dazzled by gunfights, tricks on horseback, bison and the world famous Annie Oakley. The dust kicked up by this outdoor-prototype-rodeo mixed with the London fog and the crush of tourists to create an excellent cover for crime in London. What would Sherlock do — or if we want to be true Sherlock lovers — what did Sherlock do to solve a dangerous mystery in the midst of this wild and exciting time? How did he see through the dust and fog and cheering throng to what really mattered? That’s what we’ll discover today as we go with Sherlock on his most difficult case yet: The American Problem.




© Photo credits : Billie Wheeler.


  • Sherlock Holmes : Justin Tyler Lewis
  • Dr. Watson : Zacchaeus Kimbrell
  • Mrs. Hudson : Mary Lucy Bivins
  • Mycroft Holmes : Josh Levinson
  • Crofter / Red Hook / etc : Andrew Hampton Livingston
  • Phoebe Anne Moses : Annie Simpson
  • The Pinkerton : Nick Koesters
  • ​Charlotte Lichter : Paris Bradstreet
  • ​The American Ambassador / Dubby / etc : Taylor Marrs
  • ​Jefferson Henry / Lieutenant Fleming : Ryan Featherstone
  • "Mayhem" Maggie Malloy : Holly Anne Williams
  • Major Thaddeus Isaac Ramsey : Michael Poisson


  • Director : Katy Brown
  • Playwright : R. Hamilton Wright
  • Set Designer : Hana Lee Goff
  • Costume Designer : Howard Tsvi Kaplan
  • Lighting Designer : Andrew Morehouse
  • ​Dialect Coach : Zacchaeus Kimbrell
  • ​Wig and Prosthetic Designer : Whitney Kaibel
  • ​Assistant Stage Manager : Victoria L. Sutton
  • Stage Manager : Sara Douglas
  • Advisor medical practises : Dr. Bob Gilmer