John Watson, PhD
By Bruce WalshDOWNLOAD MAP
Walkabout Radio Play
As the Covid-19 pandemic weighs heavily on John Watson, he reflects back on happier times pursuing his doctorate in English at IU and his friendship with the brilliant, young Sherman Hadee. Inspired by heist caper The Red Headed League, this drama casts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic characters in a new light.
Recommended for ages 16+ (mild language, violent imagery of war)
Total Episodes: 1
Estimated Experience Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (including approximately 15-20 minutes of walking. There are benches or other seating available at most locations on the route.)
Parking/Driving: This play begins at Rainbow Bakery (201 S Rogers St). Street Parking (both metered and free) is available on 4th Street near Rainbow Bakery.
Additional information: Use of headphones is recommended for the best experience of this play. There are benches at most locations on this walking route.
When listening on your mobile device, we recommend opening the link using your phone’s internet browser/application (rather than clicking the link in your inbox). This will allow you to lock your phone as you move around and enjoy our the Walkabout Radio Play!
Accessibility: We have photos available for patrons who are unable to walk this route. Click HERE to access a companion document.
Questions? Check out this instructional video. Be sure to open the map before you get started! If you run into difficulties, call the Cardinal Stage Box Office at (812) 336-9300 (M-F 12-5pm).
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 2
Start Scene 3 and walk east on 4th Street until you get to the B-Line Trail.
Act 1, Scene 3
Act 1, Scene 4
Act 3, Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 3 (part 1)
Act 3, Scene 3 (part 2)
Playwright – Bruce Walsh
Director – Kate Galvin
Sound Designer and Editor – Robert Hornbostel
Production Manager and Recording Engineer – Corey Hollinger
Production Assistant – Faith Buskirk
Violinist – Emily Nehus
Performers – Josh Smith, Connor Starks, Tom Slater, Valeriya Nedviga
Bruce Walsh (playwright): Since receiving his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University in 2017, Bruce’s plays have won the Heideman Award, the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. His works have recently been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fat Turtle Theatre Co., and Creative Works of Lancaster; and developed by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Azuka Theatre, and Outpost Repertory Theatre. His play, Berserker, will be produced by Alleyway Theatre (Buffalo, NY) in 2022. In a previous life, he was a longtime arts reporter for the Philadelphia Metro and City Paper. He currently lives in Elizabethtown, PA, where his wife, Jennie, is a mental health counselor at Elizabethtown College, and his son, Henry, enjoys cupcakes, Robocar Poli, and shooting hot lava out of his elbows.
Joshua Smith (John Watson) is excited to be back with Cardinal Stage for Sherlock in Btown! Most recently Joshua voiced, Levi, in the Walkabout Radio Plays, Inheritance, by Josie Gingrich, and, Trap & Release, by Emily Goodson. Joshua is thrilled to work with Bruce Walsh again. While studying with IU Theatre, Joshua played, Ethan, in Bruce’s play, Prospect Hill. During the five-month workshop, the two became close friends. “When I heard Cardinal was bringing Bruce in to adapt a Sherlock Holmes story, it made me happy. This opportunity to work with him again is definitely a silver lining of these difficult pandemic days.”
Connor Starks (Sherman Hadee) is a senior Theatre & Drama major from Bloomington, Indiana. You may have seen him in other Cardinal Stage productions such as West Side Story (Baby John), Oliver! (“The Artful Dodger”) and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene M. Jerome), as well as several others. Other voice credits include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (William Frankenstein) and Indiana University’s newest play, Waycross (Harvey). While studying at IU, he’s also starred in The Servant of Two Masters (Silvio), Titus Andronicus (Quintus), Machinal (Boy/Bailiff), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted). Independent credits include Waiting for Godot (Lucky) and A Trip to Fiji (The Tourist).
Tom Slater (Dr. Jabez) studied theatre and dance at the University of Southern California. He started competing as a dancer in college and eventually turned pro, adding teacher/choreographer to his repertoire. He has had many unique experiences, dancing for Bob Hope, President and Mrs. Clinton, and President Ford. He performed alongside Suzanne Somers, Vic Damone, Louise Mandrell, Charo, and had the honor of dancing with Juliet Prowse on national television. He’s coached many world champions and title-holders in a variety of ballroom dance-styles as well as Jane Krakowski, Chayanne, Kris Kristoferson and Joan Plowright for the movie Dance With Me, where he’s also a featured dancer. Tom performed with Cardinal in Mary Poppins, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, The Great Gatsby, Charlotte’s Web, and was lead in Robbie Benson’s We Are, a multimedia production through IU. He owns a boutique studio where he teaches Ballroom and cuts hair: http://youniquestudio.com
Valeriya Nedviga (Hanna) is a second-year M.F.A. student in Scenic Design at Indiana University. She worked as a props master for Richmond Shakespeare Festival, scenic designer for Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory theatre, and a critic in residence for BorderLight Cleveland International Theatre and Fringe Festival. Valeriya had also worked as Production Assistant for the Ohio State Opera and Lyric Theatre, Production Manager for Westerville Symphony orchestra, as well as personnel manager and Librarian for McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (OH). Currently, she is working for Indiana State Museum and with Indianapolis Ballet. Valeriya has a Masters in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the Ohio State University. Valeriya is from Togliatty, Russia.
Robert Hornbostel (Sound Designer & Editor) is thrilled to join Cardinal Stage in inviting you all on this dramatic storytelling adventure in our new reality. He believes strongly in supporting artistic endeavors that reimagine the theatrical medium in this new paradigm, and thanks you all for your continued support of the arts. Robert is a proud USA 829 Union Member. Believe survivors, Black Lives Matter.
Emily Nehus (violinist) studied violin and music education at IU Jacobs School of Music with Ik Hwan Bae, Brenda Brenner, Mimi Zweig and Stanley Ritchie, and has taught violin lessons and group classes for JSOM String Academy since 1998. Emily also studied violin with Tiberius Klausner at UMKC Conservatory and holds a BA degree in English from Grinnell College. In 2010 she created the Bloomington Project School’s Strings Program, where she happily fostered creative skills and musical chaos for seven years, including directing and performing in the Fiddler on the Roof band. Emily is the IU Astronomy Graduate Secretary, and thanks her department for supporting her musical and theatrical projects. She lives with her husband Scott Grieb and son Tyler Grieb in Trailview Neighborhood on Bloomington’s Near West Side and is delighted that the Walkabout Radio Plays are set along her daily walking routes!
Emily performs with Cardinal Stage Theatre (Les Miserables, 1776, Shrek, West Side Story, Oliver, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies) and IU Theatre (Into the Woods, Big Fish), and with vocal groups Quarryland Mens’s Chorus and Voces Novae. Orchestral experience includes guest concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, principal second violin of the Marion Philharmonic, and section violinist with Columbus, Evansville, Owensboro and Fort Wayne Philharmonics. Emily played Renaissance and modern strings and woodwinds for six seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, appearing in the nightly Greenshow and onstage in The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Shoemaker’s Holiday.