5/2/2013 - 5/19/2013
Running May 2 to 19, 2013
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, the film by Alfred Hitchcock and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Directed by Marc Moritz
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater!
Packed with nonstop laughs, three men and one woman play more than 150 zany characters, who together endure an on-stage plane crash, fight with handcuffs, deal with missing fingers and create some good old-fashioned romance!
and Bridget Chebo
in The 39 Steps.
In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable experience of pure pleasure!
What the Critics Are Saying!
"An excellent production." — The West Side Leader
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"Zanily smart fun...a whole lot of fun...seriously funny entertainment." — The Akron Beacon Journal
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Background on this show
Although The 39 Steps uses key plot points and characters from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name, this stage adaptation is definitely a more satirical “send up” of the story (ala Monty Python) and also incorporates characters from (and references to) such other Hitchcock films as North by Northwest, Dial M for Murder, Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds.
The play’s original concept as developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon was for two actors to play all the parts. Playwright Patrick Barlow then tweaked that concept for four people, and the four-person version was first presented in 2005 at the West Yorkshire (England) Playhouse. About a year later, the production opened in London. The 39 Steps premiered on Broadway in 2008 and ran for two years before transferring to an off-Broadway theater, where it ran for another nine months before closing in January of 2011. Since then, the show has been one of the most consistently popular titles produced by both regional theaters and community groups across America.
BRIAN O. JACKSON
THE CREATIVE TEAM
LOIS BENNETT and NIKKI RAFFERTY
MICHAEL CRANSTON and MICHAEL JAMES
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic and Lighting Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director