Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 28, 2018

Stage Coach Players Presents: The Thirty-Nine Steps

“What are the Thirty-Nine Steps?” Richard Hannay asks on three separate occasions.  The 39 Steps are, or more appropriately The 39 Steps is the upcoming production from Stage Coach Players.  And The 39 Steps is a fast-paced Monty-Python-esque farce based on the spy thriller of the same name from Alfred Hitchcock based on the 1915 book by John Buchan.  The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow takes that film and scene by scene, presents it on the stage using only five actors with great comedic effect.

Directed by Tim Ball, The 39 Steps opens September 20th and runs through September 30th at Stage Coach Theatre in DeKalb.  The action of play concerns what happens when a bored British subject in 1935 goes to the theatre.  He meets a German-speaking woman with many secrets and when gunshots are fired at the theatre, he takes her to his flat at her request.  She informs him of a plot to obtain highly classified information to British air defense called ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’.  When he wakes the following morning to find her murdered, he realizes his life is in danger and runs for his life, chased by both the bad guys and the authorities.

The 39 Steps features sinister villains, beautiful women and thugs aplenty as Richard Hannay tries to figure out exactly what the Thirty-Nine Steps are and how to alert the British government of the impending danger all while trying not to be arrested and more importantly killed.

The first version of The 39 Steps was written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon for a cast of four actors and premiered in 1995 before an audience of 90 people at the Georgian Theatre Royal in North Yorkshire, before embarking on a tour of village halls across the north of England.  In 2005 Barlow rewrote the script, keeping the scenes, staging and small-scale feel.  It premiered in Boston in 2007 eventually transferring to Broadway where it ran for 771 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2008 including best play.

Performances for The 39 Steps are September 20th through September 22nd and September 28th and 29th with a curtain time of 7:30, along with Sunday matinees on September 23rd and 30th with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $15 each or $13 for seniors and children age 13 and under.  To purchase tickets, visit our online website at www.stagecoachers.com.  You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, September 16th.  The phone number is 815-758-1940.  Let the chase begin.Bonnie Mike

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