World Premiere and Geffen Playhouse Commission
Written by Michael Mitnick
Inspired by The New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic" by David Grann
Directed by Matt Shakman
Based on a true story that’s stranger than fiction, Mysterious Circumstances explores the life and death of Richard Lancelyn Green, the world’s foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes. When Green is found dead in his London apartment, it’s officially ruled a suicide, but what unfolds is a case worthy of Holmes himself.
Inspired by a New Yorker article by David Grann (The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon), written by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk Award nominee for Fly by Night, The Siegel) and directed by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Matt Shakman, Mysterious Circumstances uses breathtaking theatricality, mystery and magic to bring to life this rumination on the fine line between love and obsession. What is fact and what is fiction? This world premiere insists that the mystery is yours to solve.
This play was commissioned as part of the Geffen Playhouse's New Play Development Program thanks to the generosity of The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund