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Ithaca, NY — Continuing its Mainstage Season, the Hangar Theatre will present The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson.

This production will be directed by Mark Shanahan, who made his Hangar Theatre directing debut with last season’s production of Other Desert Cities.

This family friendly show will run from July 16, until July 25, 2015. Join the cast, crew, and Hangar staff on opening night, Friday, July 17 at 8pm at the Hangar Theatre located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 in Cass Park.

A page scan of a book The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Illustration appeared in The Strand Magazine in September, 1901. Original caption was SIR HENRY BASKERVILLE. Courtesy of Wikipedia

In this adaption of the classic Sherlock Holmes tale, the story is told as a play within a play. Three actors play all the roles in the story, relying on costumes, props, and a little imagination to make the story come to life. In this show, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson journey to the English country side to investigate the case of the Baskerville family. A strange, unknown force is killing off the male heirs of the Baskervilles family one by one and it is up to Holmes and Watson to discover who, or what is responsible.

Making their return to the Hangar stage, Steve Pacek and Bruce Warren join the cast after their show stopping performance in the cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors last sumer. Pacek performed the down on his luck florist Seymour Krelborn, and Warren played the hilarious dentist, Orin Scrivello, DDS. The two are joined by Dan Damingues who is making his Hangar Theatre debut. While this is the first time Damingues will be performing at the Hangar, he is no stranger to the role or the play. He has performed in The Hound of the Baskervilles at both The Cape Playhouse and Weston Playhouse. The three work together seamlessly to tell this story.

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This is not director Mark Shanahan’s first time with the play either. He has directed the show across the country, receiving great feedback from reviewers and audiences. “Perfectly directed by Mark Shanahan…Ridiculously funny…you almost need to see this show twice…” mentioned by the Barnstable Patriot in regards to the production at the Cape Playhouse (also starring Dan Damingues).

Take your theatrical experience to the next level. Join us for free programming before and after our Mainstage performances at our post-show Tuesday Talkbacks or at our prologue 45 minutes before each performance.


Bruce Warren (Dr. Watson) is pumped to be returning to the Hangar after last summer’s shenanigans as the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. Not to brag or anything, but he’s also a team member of the Remarkable Reds, the reigning champs from last year’s Acting Out Charades showdown! An Ithaca College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Bruce has toured across North America with The Wizard of Oz, Cats(25th Anniversary), and Oklahoma! (First National). Off-Broadway: The Road to Qatar!(Farid/Claudio). Select Regional: Tom Jones (Blifil/Susan), Spamalot (Sir Robin), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée), The Producers (Franz Liepkind), Drowsy Chaperone(Aldolpho), Anything Goes (Moonface Martin), Man of La Mancha (Pedro).

Dan Domingues (Sherlock Holmes) returns to The Hound of the Baskervilles after productions at The Cape Playhouse and Weston Playhouse, both directed by Mark Shanahan. He made his big screen debut in March in the Warner Bros. thriller Run All Night with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris and can be seen this September in the indie film In Stereo. Recent off-Broadway work includes plays at The Public, Cherry Lane Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, HERE, Joe’s Pub at The Public, Baruch PAC, SoHo Playhouse and LaMaMa Theatre. His regional work includes productions at Passage Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Florida Stage, Portland Stage Company, George Street Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and New Repertory Theatre. TV: Royal Pains, Law and Order, Hope and Faith and As The World Turns. MFA: ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard. Associate Artist: The Civilians.

Steve Pacek (Actor 3) is happy to be back as the Associate Artistic Director at the Hangar! Last season, he appeared as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and was a Lab Company mentor. Recent credits include Baker in Into the Woods and Clown 2 in The 39 Steps at Theatre Horizon, Gordo in A New Brain and Raph in Dani Girl at 11th Hour Theatre Company and Mrs. Gorf in Sideways Stories from the Wayside School at Arden Theatre Company. Barrymore nominations for Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Mouse in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Steve is also the Associate Artistic Director at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia. BFA, Ithaca College

Mark Shanahan (Director) returns to The Hangar, having performed as Phileas Fogg in 2014’s Around The World In 80 Days and having directed Other Desert Cities. His production of The Hound Of The Baskervilles has been staged around the country and called “a master class in funny” (The Florida Weekly) and “winning and welcome” (The New York Times). As a director, his work has been seen at The Alley Theatre, The Westport Country Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, The Weston Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Penguin Rep Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Theatre Squared and many more. As an actor, his work has been seen on Broadway in The 39 Steps and Off-Broadway in Tryst, The Shaughraun, Checkers and As Bess In Honey Drown among others. Regionally, he has performed at numerous regional theaters, including the Alley, The Fulton Opera House, Westport Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Hartford Theatreworks, Bay Street Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre, Penguin Rep Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and many more. His play, The Dingdong, a new adaptation of Feydeau’s Le Dindon, was recently workshopped at The Arkansas New Plays Festival in anticipation of its 2016 Off-Broadway World Premiere at The Pearl Theatre in New York City. He is an Edgar Award nominated playwright and the co-author of the screenplay Kill Me All You Want, with Gibson Frazier. Mark is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MA from Fordham University, where he has taught for 14 years. Please visit for more.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.