SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE; August 30, 31, September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and The Oregon Coast Dance Center bring SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE to life at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse beginning on August 30. Written by Ed Lange and directed by Robert Buckingham, SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE isn’t quite the same detective we’ve met in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set as a “prequel” to Doyle’s writings, SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE shows a younger, more vulnerable and idealistic Sherlock Holmes (Peter Vultaggio), and also portrays a different side to Sherlock’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson (Karen Downs). The play also explores the relationship she has with both Sherlock and his partner in crime-solving, Dr. John Watson (Benjamin Ruderman). Also featured is the lovable Inspector Lestrade (Gerry Cortimilia), Sherlock’s nemesis Professor Moriarty (Stewart Martin), and an aged Dr. Watson (Bill Farnum). The play introduces two new characters, Dr. Watson’s nurse Mollie (Sarah Edwards) and the supposed “true” love of Sherlock’s life, Marianna (Samantha Swindler), whose identity and motives remain a mystery for the detective and doctor until a dramatic final scene. While SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE takes some liberties with Doyle’s story lines, the play is true to much of the historic literature. Of course, one mustn’t be intimately familiar with the “Holmesian canon” to enjoy the play, but those who are will recognize some familiar faces. The story is told through the memories of an older Dr. Watson, now in his final years, looking back on the one adventure he never told of his friend, Sherlock Holmes. 

SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE runs August 30 through September 15 with an opening night champagne reception with a complimentary beverage and appetizers on August 30. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 pm and the Sunday performances begin at 2pm. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Audiences who attend the Sept. 7th performance will get a special treat, as members of the Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle, a Sherlock Holmes society based in Portland, will be traveling from the valley to see the production in period dress. 

Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit, or contact

SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE was originally co-produced by the New York State Theatre Institute and Actors’ Company of Pennsylvania and is being produced by TAPA with special arrangements from Samuel French, Inc.