OCTOBER 7-30, 2011
The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Fri & Sat Nights at 8pm, Sun October 16, 23, & 30 at 2pm
Adapted from the 1915 John Buchan novel and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps is a tale of murder, mystery and intrigue. In this whodunit, despondent protagonist Richard Hannay flees from the authorities after being wrongfully accused of a heinous murder he did not commit. Richard’s quest to reveal the true villain takes him through a series of twists, turns and improbable adventures as well as a very unexpected romance. The audience will be on the edge of its seat in this fast paced comedy to see if our hero is able to clear his name and get the girl. The 39 Steps is told with only four actors, three of whom portray between 100-150 different characters. For all murder mystery fans The 39 Steps will delight in its unabashed theatricality and celebration of the genre. A 2008 two-time Tony Award Winning play, The 39 Steps also received the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy and had smashingly successful run on Broadway & London’s West End.

THE CAST

Emily Cawley (Woman) is delighted to be making her SecondStory Rep debut! A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Emily has been seen onstage at The Merc Play House, Village Theater, The 5th Avenue Theater and The North West Childrens Theater. Emily would like to thank her family for continuing to drive all over creation to support her, and give a shout-out to Holly Lou, who finally gets to see her perform from the audience.

Frank Lawler (Richard Hannay) Frank is delighted to return to SecondStory; his last production here was Greater Tuna, which he directed in 2008.  Frank was onstage this past summer as Henry Higgins in Sound Theatre Company’s production of Pygmalion. Local acting credits also include Arms and the Man (Seattle Public Theater), Great Expectations (Book-It Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol (ACT), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Harlequin), Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company), The Elephant Man (Strawberry Theatre Workshop), When the Messenger is Hot (Theater Schmeater), Well (ArtsWest) and Rhinoceros (CHAC).  Frank is a graduate of Harvard University and president of the board of directors of Theatre Puget Sound. He lives in Seattle with his lovely wife Ann and their handsome son Rowan.

James Lyle (Clown) James is delighted to be making his SecondStory Rep debut in The 39 Steps.  He's no stranger to farcical British characters, having recently appeared in, among other things, The Real Inspector Hound and The Boundary at Stone Soup, Noises Off and Not Now, Darling at MSTT, and Taking Steps at Phoenix Theatre.  He also keeps busy as a screenwriter and film actor: to hardcore Star Trek fans he is known as Dr. Alden, chief medical officer on the locally-produced web series Star Trek: Phoenix.  Post-production on his short film Fearless Episode Hunters just wrapped up in September.

Mark Waldstein (Clown) is a founding member of SecondStory Repertory, where he’s been in shows ranging from The Pirates of Penzance to The Odd Couple to a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Elsewhere, he’s appeared in Shine: A Burlesque Musical at Theater Off Jackson, and in Red Ranger Came Calling with Book-It Repertory. A devoted old-movie buff, Mark enjoyed bringing the Marx Brothers to life in A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine – and he’s equally delighted to be giving Mr. Hitchcock the same treatment.

THE PRODUCTION STAFF

Teresa Thuman (Director) is thrilled at the opportunity to work with SecondStory Rep for the first time with The 39 Steps. Directing credits around Seattle include King John, As You Like It (GreenStage), She Loves Me, The Impresario, Into the Woods (Shoreline Community College), The Book of Nathan (Theater Schmeater); Pericles (Cornish); Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, High Society, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (SMT/CLO); The Producers, Noises Off, Secret Garden, Urinetown, Kiss Me, Kate, Little Shop of Horrors (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Miracle Worker, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tartuffe and Oliver! (Driftwood Players); and numerous new-work projects for the Mae West Fest, Fringe Festival, Theatre4Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, TPS Beyond the Frame, Theatre Babylon and the Experimental Theatre Project. Teresa is also the founder of Sound Theatre Company where she directed the recent production of G. B. Shaw’s Pygmalion in addition to The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Top Girls, The Last Five Years, The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Mans Land and The Belle of Amherst. Other directing credits include A Comedy of Errors, Dancing at Lughnasa, Henry V, Woyzeck, Damien, True West, Prelude to a Kiss, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Loman Family Picnic, Yours Anne and On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning). At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival she served as Assistant Director for The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Teresa has taught at UW School of Drama PATP, Cornish College, Freehold ETI and served eight years as an Artist-in-Residence at PCPA Theatrefest in California, where she taught in the Conservatory and acted in over 30 productions.

Katerina Gawlak (Stage Manager) Katerina has recently celebrated her first year living in Seattle, and has had a wonderful time working as a stage manager in the Seattle area. She thinks it is tremendous that she is working at SecondStory again after just completing Click, Clack, Moo: cows that type. A million thanks to Mark and Jen for this opportunity and to my pioneering friends Sam and Tim for their seriously unending zupport.

Laurie Roberts (Costume Designer) has been designing for SSR since 2008.  Her credits include Souvenir, She Loves Me and Dinner with Friends.  She has costumed many children's productions including A Year with Frog and Toad, Sleeping Beauty and Bunnicula. She has very much enjoyed working with this talented cast and crew and collaborating with them in transforming 4 actors into 30 different characters.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.



 
   

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