January 21 – February 7, 2016

    by Madeleine George

    Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) opens our seventh season with Madeleine George’s The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence.

    A finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2014 John Gassner award, Madeleine George’s The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence brings Watson, our favorite sidekick, to the forefront as he struggles to become the protagonist of his own story. Moving through time, The Watson Intelligence explores Watson through several different iterations. We meet the classical Dr. John Watson of Sherlock Holmes fame, the tireless engineering assistant Thomas A. Watson of Alexander Graham Bell, the contemporary Joshua Watson of the Dweeb Team’, and WATSON, IBM’s supercomputer that became Jeopardy! champ. These four Watson incarnations merge while sorting through mystery, romance, intimacy, and technology – revealing that the real heroes are often unsung.  

    SET’s production, directed by SET member Sarah S. Shaver, features performances by guest artist Jack Williamson as the oft-overlooked Watson, newest SET ensemble member Holly Haverkorn  as Eliza (who moves through time as a Victorian wife to a contemporary artificial intelligence engineer) and SET ensemble member Jonathan Margheim as Merrick (who antagonizes Watson at every turn, from Victorian villain to a modern-day politician). Supported by a whole host of “Watsons,” – stage runners, designers, operators – SET is proud to produce The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence as an homage to the people who make magic happen.



    Watson: Jack Williamson

    Eliza: Holly Haverkorn

    Merrick: Jonathan Margheim

    Production Team

    Producers: Sarah S. Shaver, Jenny Maloney, and Matt Radcliffe

    Directors: Sarah S. Shaver

    Stage Manager: Gabriel Espinoza-Lira

    Dramaturg: LeAnne Carrouth

    Technical Director: Crystal Carter

    Set Designer: Anna Faye Hunter

    Lighting Designer: Brianna G. Pilon

    Sound Design: Jon Margheim

    Poster Design: Matt Radcliffe

    Program Design: Matt Radcliffe

    Dialect Coach: Alysabeth Clements Mosley

    Costume Design: Sarah S. Shaver

    Costume Construction: Jillmarie Peterson

    Lead Wardrobe: Hannah McCullough

    Hair/Wardrobe: Ethan Gann

    Runners: Cheyenne York, Rebecca Savage

    Board Operation: Gabriel Espinoza-Lira, Micah Speirs

    Video Production: Jessica Weaver

    Box Office: Emory John Collinson