Gregory Wooddell is currently making his Arena Stage debut as the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in Ken Ludwig’s play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Gregory is an Affiliated Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company where he has performed over the past 15 years in many productions. A few of those credits include As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Othello, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Cyrano, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Don Carlos, Richard II, Merchant of Venice, Country Wife and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His Broadway credits include Cymbeline and the world premiere of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons. Regional highlights include the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Philadelphia Theatre Company), the world premiere of David Grimm’s Miracle at Naples (Huntington Theatre), the American premiere of Peter Whelan’s School of Night (Mark Taper Forum) and the title role in Henry VIII (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). For you couch potatoes you might have caught Gregory on Person of Interest, 30 Rock or The Good Wife. He is a graduate of the The Juilliard School.
Judging from Gregory’s resume, you can see the versatility that he has. With all of the classics he has been a part of, here is a chance to see Gregory playing an iconic character live on stage. I have seen Gregory in a number of shows at STC including The Importance of Being Earnest and look forward to seeing him as Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Arena Stage. It’s a perfect way to beat the winter blues and is….wait for it…totally elementary my good readers.
What was your first professional performing job?
My first professional acting job was playing Lord Alfred Douglas in Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Alley Theatre.
As a kid did you grow up reading the Sherlock Holmes stories?
I remember The Hound of the Baskervilles story vividly from my childhood, but didn’t read many other Sherlock Holmes stories until later in life.
What makes Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery different from other stage adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories?
Ken Ludwig’s vision of five actors portraying over forty characters creates a unique world of imagination, excitement and a lot of fun!
Why do you think the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Watson continue to delight audiences after all these years?
Holmes and Watson represent a romantic quality of life, full of passion, inspiration, danger and adventure.
What is next for you after Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery?
I’ll be playing Cliff in Cabaret at Signature Theatre.