2019 Season

The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective

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a cheeky thriller
written by Patrica Milton
directed by Gary Graves
May 4–Jun 9

EXTENDED FOR 4 MORE PERFORMANCES:
Jun 6, 7, 8 & 9!

World Premiere #63: from the Central Works Writers Workshop

We are currently  fully reserved for all of the final performances.

We begin taking a waiting list for full performances 30 minutes prior to curtain time.  Subscribers get priority for cancellations and for the waiting list, but there’s still a chance to get in or that tickets may open up (keep checking).  If you are a subscriber, we may be holding a few extra seats; please contact us.


Is Jack the Ripper at it again?

Victorian London: Two sisters run a boarding house for Single Ladies. When a series of gruesome murders terrorizes their neighborhood, Loveday and Valeria appeal to the police for protection. But Scotland Yard is no help at all. And the bodies are piling up on their doorstep. So the sisters team up with a cheeky American actress to bring the killer to justice.

From the writer of last season’s award-winning comedy, Bamboozled!

 

Production sponsors: Zelda Bronstein, Linda & Will Schieber, and Ann Singer

 

Watch the trailer!

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

(note new 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
May 2
8pm
Preview
PWYC
3
8pm
Preview
PWYC
4
7pm
Opening
5
5pm
Talkback
9
8pm
PWYC
10
8pm
11
7pm
12
5pm
16
8pm
PWYC
17
8pm
18
7pm
19
5pm
23
8pm
PWYC
24
8pm
25
7pm
26
5pm
Talkback
30
8pm
PWYC
31
8pm
Jun 1
7pm
2
5pm
6
8pm
PWYC
7
8pm
8
7pm
9
5pm

Running Time

2 hours with a 10-minute intermission

Chelsea Bearce
Alan Coyne
Stacy Ross*
Jan Zvaifler

Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Fan Fight Choreography: Marcella Rodgers
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Stage Manager: Callie Garrett

*member AEA

PC Henry Crane, the Victorian police constable in charge of the investigation of a series of brutal murders by the Battersea Butcher; one of three characters portrayed by Alan Coyne.

Is Jack the Ripper at it again?

Central Works presents world premiere #63: The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective May 4-June 2, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Photo by Jim Norrena

A series of gruesome murders of actresses in the Battersea district of London, has made former actress Loveday Fortescue (Stacy Ross*) take on her most impressive role yet: The Detective, in Central Works’ production of The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective by Patricia Milton.

Central Works presents world premiere #63: The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective May 4-June 2, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
*member AEA

Photo by Jim Norrena

Ex-pat American actress, Katie Smalls (Chelsea Bearce-far right), joins forces with sisters Loveday Fortescue (Stacy Ross*-center) & Valeria Hunter (Jan Zvaifler-left) to solve the mystery of the Battersea Butcher in Patricia Milton’s new play, The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective.

Central Works presents world premiere #63: The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective May 4-June 2, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
*member AEA

Photo by Jim Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography by Jim Norrena

Who is the Battersea Butcher? Three intrepid women choose solve the mystery of who is committing a series of gruesome murders of actresses in Patricia Milton’s new play, The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective (l to r: Jan Zvaifler, Stacy Ross*, Chelsea Bearce).

Central Works presents world premiere #63: The Victorian Ladies Detective Collective May 4-June 2, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
*member AEA

Photo by Jim Norrena

“a bone-chilling and unexpectedly hilarious thriller” –East Bay Express

“brainy, but in a very entertaining way” –Repeat Performances & Piedmont Post

“a charming tale of murder and mayhem” -Berkeleyside

“a clever script with suspense and social consideration delivered by four fine actors” -For All Performances

“Central Works keeps us laughing and guessing.” Theatrius

“[A] fun and excellent production” -Theatre Eddys

“the script’s shining assets are the intelligence with which its narrative has been crafted and the skill with which each plot twist has been planted” –myculturallandscape.com

“Milton’s dialogue is richly enjoyable throughout” -SJ Mercury News

“A wonderful balance of a whodunit, a charming period piece, a consciousness-raising experience, and a greatly entertaining evening of theater!” -Surviving the Trump Era Blog

 

Learn more about the inspirations for the play.
Check out Patricia’s dramaturgical site!