2024 Season

Accused!

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written by Patricia Milton
directed by Kimberly Ridgeway
Jul 13–Aug 11

World Premiere #74: a comic murder mystery from the Central Works Writers Workshop

The Victorian Lady Detectives return in a hilarious murder mystery.  Just as the Lady Detectives have accepted a new murder case, a dead body turns up in the parlor of the Hunter Lodging House. And the evidence  points to Victorian Lady Detective Katie Smalls herself as the prime suspect. The trail of clues leads our intrepid detectives into a murderous web of anarchists and religious fanatics in their most daring caper yet!

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Fri-Sun: $35-45
Thu & previews: pay-what-you-can

Day of Performance Discounts

Fri-Sun: sliding scale $45-$20 at noon day of show

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Call 510.558.1381

Please note: We reserve seats only for subscribers; general seating for all other ticket-holders.

Performance calendar

(note 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Jul 11
8pm
Preview
12
8pm
Preview
13
7pm
Opening
14
5pm
18
8pm
19
8pm
20
7pm
21
5pm
25
8pm
26
8pm
27
7pm
28
5pm
Aug 1
8pm
2
8pm
3
7pm
4
5pm
8
8pm
9
8pm
10
7pm
11
5pm

Running Time

2 hours with a 10-min intermission

Acting Ensemble:
Chelsea Bearce: Katie Smalls
Alan Coyne: Lord Philip Ian Albert, Deacon Manley & Henri Blancmange
Lauren Dunagan:
Loveday Fortescue
Sindu Singh:
Allison Tinglepenny & Inspector Mary Perkins
Jan Zvaifler
: Valeria Hunter

Stage Management: Natalia Rivera-Ramos
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Fan Fight Choreography: Asha Rodgers & Maria Rodgers
Light design: Stephanie Anne Johnson
Prop design: Alexandria Volk
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen


 

 

Patricia Milton (playwright) is Resident Playwright at Central Works Theater in Berkeley. Her plays at Central Works include The Engine of Our Disruption, Bamboozled (Outstanding Production, East Bay, and Outstanding Ensemble, Theatre Bay Area), Hearts of Palm, Reduction in Force, The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective (BroadwayWorld Critics Choice “Best of Maine” 2022, at The Public Theater) and Escape from the Asylum (Outstanding Production, 2022, SF Bay Area Theatre Critics  Circle). Enemies: Foreign and Domestic (Central Works) was awarded Outstanding World Premiere Play by TBA. Without Mercy was commissioned and produced by Off-Broadway West. Her comedy Believers was produced in San Francisco (Wily West Productions) and ran for three years in Istanbul.
Kimberly Ridgeway (director) is a director, actor, playwright, and producer. Kimberly has directed projects locally for Altarena Playhouse, African American Shakespeare Company, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Ubuntu Theatre Project, Bay Area Performing Arts Collective, Bay Area Drama Company, SF Playhouse, Town Hall Theatre, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, SF Playground, Theatre Rhinoceros, 3Girls Theatre and TheatreFirst. She has also directed projects for Three Willows Theatre (TX), National Black Theatre (NY), and Spokane Civic Theatre (WA). Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the full-length stage plays Prospect Place, Heavy Burdens, No More Secrets, The ConfessionThe Gigolo Chronicles, and The Drowning Pool.  Some of Kimberly’s notable acting roles include The Revolutionists, The Piano Lesson, Colman Domingo’s DOT, and her award-winning portrayal of Camae in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.

As an American ex-pat immigrant, Katie Smalls (Chelsea Bearce) is targeted by a London police investigator as a possible terrorist.

Central Works presents world premiere #74: Accused! by Patricia Milton, July 13 – Aug 11 at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

Katie Smalls (Chelsea Bearce) is looking for a new detecting job, but ends up a murder suspect.

Central Works presents world premiere #74: Accused! by Patricia Milton, July 13 – Aug 11 at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

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