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“The Hound of the Baskervilles” hits the boards at Rabbit Run Theater

MADISON, OH – The third main production for the 2023 summer season at Rabbit Run Theater is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

This well-known “who done it” has been adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus, a renown comedic theatre company in the UK. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles” becomes even more clever as it takes all the familiar elements of the play to create a comedic adaptation of this mystery.

An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer all add to the intrigue of this classic thriller.

The show is directed by Ann Hedger, who has directed and performed in numerous productions at Rabbit Run Theater since the 1980’s. Hedger is currently the programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby and the creator/director of their annual One Act Festival.

Matt Mortensen, a familiar face at Rabbit Run, is playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. Out of necessity, Mortensen will demonstrate his talent as a quick-change artist, as he is playing seven other supporting roles within the production.

Holmes’ right-hand man, Dr. Watson, is played by seasoned actor, Bob Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick first appeared at Rabbit Run over 30 years ago in “The Foreigner” and has been acting and directing at Rabbit Run since.

Rounding out the cast is Glenn Bailey, who plays several roles including Sir Charles Barrymore and Sir Henry Barrymore. Bailey has made appearances in a number of productions at Rabbit Run over the past 20 years, most recently in “Dancing at Lughnasa” earlier this summer.

Rabbit Run Theater

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” opens July 21 and runs through Aug. 5 and is rated for general audiences.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $27, adult; $25, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.

While taking in a performance of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, patrons may purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association’s (RRCAA)’s annual fundraiser.

The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third-place prize is $1,000. Additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 21.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.

All shows for “The Hound of the Baskervilles” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer-Paolo Wealth Management Group.

Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates support from the Remarkable Lake County and their Arts & Culture Grant program.

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of RRCAA, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.


The photo is (from L to R): Glenn Bailey, Jr as the Barrymores, Matt Mortensen as Sherlock Holmes and Bob Kilpatrick as Dr. Watson. Photo credit: Kathy Sandham.

Press release submitted by:
Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group sales
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St., Madison, OH 44057
440-428-5913 |rabbitrun.org

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Before you go:

Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.

Where to enjoy dinner before the show:

Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)

Nearby attractions:

4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland

Where to stay:

There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express.  Other options available are the Hampton Inn – AshtabulaPunderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor.  For those who also want to spend  time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.

Local Visitor Information:

Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Destination Geauga
Lake County Visitor Bureau


Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles


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