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Show Graphic Reading: Accused! A Comic Murder Mystery The Victorian Ladies Return written by Patricia Milton


Saturday, July 13, 2024 8:00 PM - Sunday, August 11, 2024 5:00 PM (PDT)


written by Patricia Milton

directed by Kimberly Ridgeway*

World Premiere #74: a comic murder mystery from the Central Works Writers Workshop

The Victorian Lady Detectives return in a hilarious murder mystery. Just as the Lady Detectives have accepted a new murder case, a dead body turns up in the parlor of the Hunter Lodging House. And the evidence points to Victorian Lady Detective Katie Smalls herself as the prime suspect. The trail of clues leads our intrepid detectives into a murderous web of anarchists and religious fanatics in their most daring caper yet! 

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*Kimberly Ridgeway is the 2023-24 Arts Leadership Resident. This residency funds aspiring artistic directors and managing directors in residence at Bay Area theatres for a 12-16 week residency during which the residents with be mentored by the artistic and/or managing director and lead a significant project during the season.

The goal of the program is to support inclusion and representation in theatre leadership by removing roadblocks to arts leadership for historically marginalized groups including BIPOC, disabled, transgender, nonbinary, and female-identified theatremakers. The Arts Leadership Residency is designed to give freelance theatremakers the experience, skills, and connections they need to become the artistic directors and managing directors of the future. The Arts Leadership Residency is also designed to assist theatre companies in creating more diverse future leadership.

Read about Kimberly Ridgeway's residency at Central Works.

This program is funded in part with the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts.

This production has achieved threeTBA Highlights! 


The Homegrown Achievement. This production is creating jobs and creative opportunities right here in the Bay Area.

The Reflection Achievement. The Bay Area is beautifully diverse and so is this production.

The Open Doors Achievement. This production has taken tangible, intentional steps to increase access for Bay Area audiences! 

What are TBA Highlights? We're honoring incredible productions across the Bay that are driving the future of theatre forward. The Highlights program uplifts specific shows that have met the important benchmarks required to earn one (or more) of our four achievements: Homegrown Achievement, Going Green Achievement, Reflection Achievement, and Open Doors Achievement. When you see one of these badges you can expect to see theatre produced, rehearsed, and performed according to these values.


Fri-Sun: $35-45
Thu & previews: pay-what-you-can

Central Works Theater at the Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Saturday, July 13, 2024 8:00 PM - Sunday, August 11, 2024 5:00 PM (PDT)
Thursdays & Fridays at 8 PM Saturdays at 7 PM Sundays at 5 PM
East Bay
TBA Highlight: Homegrown
TBA Highlight: Reflection
TBA Highlight: Open Doors
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