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Originally Produced by Cleveland Play House
Michael Bloom, Artistic Director
Kevin Moore, Managing Director

Directed by
Shannon Winpenny

Production Manager
Janine Myers

Technical Director
Shell Dalzell

Set Designer
Michelle Bisbee

Lighting Designer
Chris Gouveia

Sound Designer
Kerri Yoneda

Costume Designer
Hanna Hodge Jitsukawa

Prop Designer
La Tanya Faamausili-Siliato

Hair & Make-up  Design
Lisa Ponce de Leon

Stage Manager
Erich Steinwandt-Gudoy

THE GAME's AFOOT is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.



Aloha Welcome to Mānoa Valley Theatre. We’re so glad you’ve chosen to join us for the second production in our 54th season. This evening’s offering is a real Agatha Christie like mystery. It’s easy to see how Ken Ludwig was inspired by the real historical character William Gillette. Gillette was an actor and playwright who wrote and played the title character in his play Sherlock Holmes. He would play that part over 1,300 times over three decades. Much of his portrayal of Holmes, with the deerstalker hat and curved pipe, helped to create the modern image of the Holmes character. Historically, Gillette, when he was playing Holmes, would bring his cast from Broadway to his rather eccentric castle that he had built on the Connecticut River. The castle, every detail designed by Gillette, is full of secret passages, rooms, and hidden doors (the perfect setting for a murder mystery). One can still visit the castle today in East Haddam, Connecticut. This inspired Ludwig to wonder what would happen if in fact one of Gillette’s guests were to be murdered while visiting there? What would Gillette do? Well, of course, he would assume the persona of the great detective and solve the mystery before any of his other guests were to meet the same fate. Mānoa Valley Theatre’s productions of plays and musicals are made possible by audience members like you. Thank you to those of you who have donated in the past. If you would like to donate today or in the future, you may do it online at or by calling 808-988-6131. Now sit back and enjoy, "Ken Ludwig’s; The Game’s Afoot, Or Holmes For The Holidays."



William Gillette..................Mathias Maas

Martha Gillette......................Betty Bolton

Felix Geisel........................Matthew Miller

Madge Geisel....................Therese Olival

Simon Bright........................Noah Bilinski 

Aggie Wheeler.................Rachel League 

Inspector Goring......................Ashley Litz

Daria Chase....................Courtney Booth

Radio Broadcaster..................Ashley Litz

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Ken Ludwig Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year. "Lend Me a Tenor" won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Hal Holbrook. His stage version of "Murder on the Orient Express" was written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play of the Year and is optioned for Broadway. His book "How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare," published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review. He is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge and is a frequent guest speaker for groups as varied as The Oxford-Cambridge Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Baker Street Irregulars. For more information, see his website at



Assistants to the Director

Fight Choreographers


Scenic Artist

Technical Assistant


Set Construction

Master Electrician

Lighting Crew


Lightboard Operator

Sound Board Operator

Stage Crew

Seating Crew

Denise Chinen

M Kutty  

Nick Logue

Kat Lee


Willie Sabel

Jax Pitts

Mira Fey

Willie Sabel

Paul Barthel


Janine Myers

Ansel Bliemeister

Louie Bliemeister

Erich Steinwandt-Gudoy

Kerri Yoneda

Cara Sumida

Yasmin Galvis

Valerie Ho

Mira Fey

Vince Liem

Tanyah Tavorn

Isaac Pomper

Ansel Bliemeister

Theo Bliemeister

Louie Bliemeister

Daniel Truong

Oliver Neri

Travis Abe

Chris Graham

Alfred Vergara

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Brandon Miyagi Still Photography

Howard Rosen PSA Production


Kawaiaha'o Church for leasing MVT the beautiful grounds it occupies.

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc for permitting our patrons to park at the Mānoa Marketplace and for support of MVT's education program.

Nathan Sult & Beth Tarter for enhancements to the theatre.

Mahalo to

The Game's Afoot

Board Member

Adoptive Parents

Wendy Goodenow

Maleko McDonnell

Alice Tucker

Matthew Mishina


Executive Director

Director of Development

Production Manager

Technical Director


and Operations

Box Office Manager

and Admin Assistant

Costume Supervisor

Public Relations Director

and Social Media

Education Coordinator

Assistant House Manager

Evening Box Office

Bar Staff

Graphic Design

Kip Wilborn

Kathleen Young

Janine Myers

Shell Dalzell

Hope Laidlaw


Erich Steinwanlt-Gudoy

Amber Lehua Baker

Kristin Jackson

Stephanie Conching

Alten Kiakona

Carey Smith

Dalen Wuest

Jennifer E. Muehle

Thomas Pang

Jaime Brice

Dan Connell

Ikaika Lum


Chairman of the Board


Vice President



Jeffrey  S. Portnoy

David Kennedy

Peter Ehrman

Lori Sun

Bob Taylor

George B. Apter

Norbert M. Buelsing

Hank Chapin III

Blenn Fujimoto

Wendy Goodenow

Tom Ishii Jr.

Stacey Katakura

Melanie Kosaka

Mary Kubota

Scott D. Larimer

William Lindemann

Maleko McDonnell

Matthew Mishna

Amy Monk

Richard Morris

Karen Mukai
Alyson J. Nakamura

Barbara Nickerson

Ramona Sayre

Mark Taylor

Jean Trapido-Rosenthal

Alice Tucker

JD Watumull

Dave Wilson

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CPB Foundation
The Game's Afoot

Ralph Rosenberg Court Reporters

J Watumull Fund
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Peter Ehrman
Tick, Tick... Boom!

Sunshine Arbor Care

Dave Wilson & Carolyn Berry Wilson
The Play That Goes Wrong

Ramona Sayre
The Chinese Lady



LEAD GIFT $15,000+

McInerny Foundation

George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation


Hawaii State Community Foundation on Culture and the Arts

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund


Alexander & Baldwin

The Glenn Cannon Foundation

Kip Wilborn & Jan Yokota



Foodland Give Aloha

Alice K. Tucker

Alyson Nakamura and Craig Nakanishi

Bivo Biven

Collin & Susyn Fritz

Glenn & Elizabeth Tango

In Honor of Jeff Portnoy

Jane Sugimura

Marc Asano

Norb and Jill Buelsing

Norman and Carol Young

Ramona Sayre

Richard and Myrna Cundy

Richard and Terry Clifton


Wendy Goodenow


Barbara Nickerson

Earl Shreckengast and Dr. Julia Muller

Lynette Wageman

Lisa A. Tom

Karen Mukai

Jillian Moul


Robert and Corrine Taylor

Thomas and Dally Ishii

George and Sandy Apter

James Hasselman

Kim Parker

Bill and Helen Lindemann

Matthew and Amy Mishina

David and Amy Monk

Elvis Kawahara

Frances Hartmann


Janice Kondo

Betty Revestir

Bruce McEwan and Lillian Cunningham

Carol A. Egan

David Randell and Rosemary Fazio

Douglas and Christina Meller

Elaine ML Chang

Elizabeth Salva Cruz

Ethel Aiko Oda

Heidi and John Cregor

Jack Law

Janice Kondo

John Ballentine

Leighton Liu

Lisa and Leo Amador
Lisa Izutsu

Mae Young Designs

Mike Durant

Paticia Hashimoto

Paul D. Pancho

Rachael Anne Uyeno

Robert and Mary Schornstheimer

Sandra Shiroma

Stacia Stroder

Kim Parker

Paul and Joel Mochida

Sharon M. Crofts

2021-2022 ANNUAL FUND Lead Gift $25,000+ Atherton Family Foundation Estate of Julia Schoen Marquee Circle $5,000+ Foodland Give Aloha Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts HawaiiUSA FCU Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Kip Wilborn and Jan Yokota, In Memory of Gerald Wilborn Producer's Circle $2,500+ ​Estate of Sylvia Cook Catherine Cooke HMAA HWMA The Michael J. Marks Foundation Barbara Nickerson Sarah Richards J Watumull Fund Paul Weissman Director's Circle $1,000+ ​Howard and Roberta Bishop Fedrico Biven Norb and Jill Buelsing Hank Chapin III Peter and Karen Ehrman Sandra Finney Glenn Cannon Foundation Thomas and Sally Ishii Mark and Linda Kuklinsky David Lee Aaron Mahi Ken and Diane Matsuura Amy and David Monk Alyson Nakamura and Craig Nakanishi David Oifer and Linda Zarchin Patrick and Noreen Sinko Jennifer Taylor and Paul White Mark and Traci Taylor Robert and Lynne Toyofuku Miles and Susan Wagner Walmart JD and Julie Watumull Kip Wilborn and Jan Yokota David Wilson and Carolyn Berry Wilson Michael and Joanne Wood Stage Manager's Circle $500+ Janis Akuna Paul Allen and Darrell Chun George and Sandy Apter Marc Asano Patricia Barron Felice Brault Leonard and Charlotte Chow Ben Dookchitra Ann Marie and Jim Duca Renee S. Evans Fritz Family Charitable Fund Wendy and Stephen Goodenow Gregory Wrenn and The Robert Pyburn Charitable Fund Jeffrey Harris Hazel H. Takumi Foundation John W. and Victoria Whiteʻs Left Wing Right Brain Fund Linda and Creighton Lee John and Heather Maughan Carol Ai and Mike May Mark Wong and Guy Merola Riki and Karen Morimoto David J. Randell and Rosemary T. Fazio Ramona Sayre Frank and Loyce Stepo Robert Durkin and Paraluman Stice-Durkin Jane Sugimura Glenn and Elizabeth Tango Bob and Corrine Taylor Eunice Tom Alice K. Tucker Rochelle Uchibori Stephen Ugelow Mike and Suz Weitzel Carol and Norman Young Leading Player's Circle $250+ John Baleix and Alan Hikida Liana Benn, In Memory of Eunice Tom Michael Bennett Joan Nakamura and Donald Bondarenko Tahmi Brodhead Barbara Cargill Elaine ML Chang Darrell Chun and Paul Allen Sharon M. Crofts H. Dwight Damon E. A. Buck Insurance, Inc. Keoni Fairbanks Neil and Kathy Field Helen Godwin Frances Hartmann Ron and Rachel Heller Harold and Gloria Henderson Jillian Moul Ed and Joleen Kemper, In Memory of Sandi Portnoy Bill and Judy Kern Kay and Bill Kibby Gail and Joseph Kiefer David Hudson and Dana Kokubun Dexter and Mary Kubots Bill Lindemann Mark and Janie Davis Charitable Fund Dwight T. Martin Bruce McEwan Paul and Joel Mochida Richard Morris Karen Mukai Jennifer Oyer Sharon and Niklas Schneider Pat Shine Jean and Hank Trapido-Rosenthal Gary Tucker Kathleen Young Supporting Cast $150+ Lex and Gerry Alexander Larry L. Anderson Maureen and Robert Ballard Dennis and Karen Blake Alison Maldonado Marjorie De Santis Peter H Ehrman Katherine Dean and Howard Fisk II Cecilia H. Fordham Mary Jo Freshley Paticia Hashimoto James Hasselman David and Robynne Heulitt Cody Higaki Norene Ihori Al and Carla Joaquin Lissa Kam Calvin and Kathleen Lum Kapiolani and Wallace Ma Dennis Randall and Marilyn McCormick-Randall Charles Rod and Anne Miller Matthew and Eileen Mishina Aiko Oda Sheri Ritter Kevin P. Sayre Nancy and Eugene Shen Barbara Shrader Lynne and Tom Sugiyama John B. and Rita Thompson Dick and Nancy Tudor Contributors $50+ Argyl Bacon Kim Baker Merle and Werner Beuggert Karen Boyer and Korynn Grenert David and Karin Brown Darlene Chee Angela Chock Justin Chun Douglas and Cathy Davenport Lea Del Castillo Benjamin and Anna Dunn Carol Egan Evans K. and Marianne K. Whiting Fund Dimpna Figuracion Ronald Fitzgerald Teresa Fowler Ronny S. Fujimoto Sharon Gordon Genevieve Goto Josh and Jaime Green Ted and Christine Grisell James and Patricia Harwood Lani Hearn Laurel and Itaat Husain Wayne and Eunice Lisey Kimsey Ann Kobayashi Carolyn M. Koehler Eleanor and Mervyn Kokubun Evelyn Lance Mary Lewis Dennis and Judith Lind Leighton Liu Charles Neal and Maria Felix-Neal Gary Mau Maleko McDonnell Lynn Murakami-Akatsuka Connie Muse Nick Nakamura, In Memory Stuart Roy Yammer Sally Narey Allan Okubo Gina Overton Paul Pancho Joyce Pavlis Annie Renick Daniel and Kathleen Sanchez Robert and Mary Schornstheimer Beth Seymour Marilyn Stassen-Mclaughlin Ann Stegmaier John and Ruth Stepulis Donna and Scott Sullivan Gail Takagi Patsy Tom Kazuko Tonoike John Townsley Johnny Tran Melinda Walker Elli Winnik Chloe Wurr Rhea Yamashiro Dr. Alan Yoshida Carolyn Yoshihara Lean Young ​ Show Sponsors CS Wo & Sons Richard Q.Y. & Esther A. Wong Fund Ramona Sayre Music & Comedy Series Sponsors Alaska Airlines Break N Anger David Wilson and Carolyn Berry Wilson

Manoa Valley Theatre makes every effort to ensure that all patrons are listed properly and spelled correctly.  If we had made an error, we encourage you to contact the office so that we can correct the listing.

Welcome to the ohana!

Terence Knapp Visiting Artists Endowment Fund



Mahalo to these donors who have included MVT in their estate planning

Estate of Richard Aadland

Timothy L. Archer

Michael Beard

Roger and Felice Brault

Hank Chapin

Estate of Jim Connors

Richard and Myrna Cundy

Don Flaminio

Victoria Gail-White and John Wythe White

Estate of Gaye Glaser

Estate of Gail M. Hudson

Estate of Dorothy Ireland

Estate of Jerome and Jura Landfield

Estate of Roger Long

Dwight T. Martin

Estate of Elaine Martin

Donald E. Morgan

in Memory of Beverly J. Morgan

Richard S. Morris

Estate of Leon J. Munson

In Honor of Eleanor Fisher Pence

Estate of Martin Pence

Jeffrey S. and Sandi Portnoy

Estate of David M. Reed

Michael and Alberta Rosenberg

Clint Schroeder

Alice and Jerry Tucker

Estate of Angeline Walther

Estate of Herbert Walther


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