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John Buchan's "The 39 Steps"

posted Mar 9, 2013, 9:19 AM by Julie Johnston   [ updated May 25, 2013, 12:58 PM by Darien Arts Center ]
March 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 at 8:00 PM, March 10 & 17, Sunday Matinees, at 2:00 PM.

$25 Adult, $20 Seniors, $15 Student.

Purchase your tickets online or call our box office at 203.655.5414.

Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

A bored bachelor decides to go to the theatre on a Friday night and gets far more than a show. A sultry, exotic woman sits next to him and the adventures and misadventures begin! Through a complex mix of events, our protagonist, Richard Hannay, finds himself embroiled in an international plot involving murder, spies, dames, villains, war, trains, crashing planes, Scotland yard, deception and, perhaps, love. Fast paced and funny, this show gives homage to the great Alfred Hitchock in subtle and not so subtle ways. The original melodrama, written in 1915 by John Buchan, and memorialized in the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock was reworked into a farce by Patrick Barlow. You’ll find affectionate references to Hitchcock’s works interspersed throughout the play but you do not need to be an expert on Hitchcock to enjoy the show. Originally written for a cast of 4 actors playing 140+ roles, our performance showcases the talents of 6 actors. Lightening fast character changes, some in front of the audience, makes for an entertaining evening of laughter and lightheartedness. The performers in this production are: Geoffrey Gilbert, Linda Gilmore, P.J. Morello, Melissa Schleier, Vic Terenzio, and David Victor. Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant, with Assistant Director, Autumn Howard; Produced by Diane Salerno and Abbie Van Nostrand; Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.