MPAC Presents Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” on 4/13
MPAC Presents Alfred Hitchcock's “The 39 Steps” on 4/13
McKinney Performing Arts Center presents Alfred Hitchcock’s award-winning comedy thriller “The 39 Steps” on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm in MPAC’s Courtroom Theater.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spa novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs. The Windwood Theatricals touring production is a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft and plays in McKinney for one night only.
This two time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat features over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four performers), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.
“The 39 Steps” is Broadway’s longest running comedy thriller adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film.
The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film to be performed nearly verbatim onstage, but with a cast of four. One actor plays the hero, one actress plays his three romantic interests, and two other actors play every other character in the show, including heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. The performers tackle lighting-fast quick changes, sometimes playing multiple characters at once. Thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to other Hitchcock films such as “Rear Window,” “Psycho,” and “North by Northwest.”
After opening in Europe, the play had its U.S. premiere with a cast of four actors from Boston’s Huntington Theater in 2007. It opened on Broadway, as “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” in a Roundabout Theatre production in 2008 and ran until early 2010.
The play won the London Theatre’s prestigious Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007 and the What’s On Stage Award for Best Comedy in 2007. The Roundabout Broadway production won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for unique theatrical experience. It won two technical Tony Awards in 2008 and was nominated for best play, best scenic design of a play and best costume design of a play.
The production’s director, Kevin Bigger, was assistant director on “The 39 Steps” for more than three years during its Broadway, off-Broadway and Boston performances. He has also directed the New York Center Stage production of “Manuscript.”
Windwood Theatricals concentrates on developing, producing and general-managing new and established theatrical productions from and for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters.
Reserved seating tickets for “The 39 Steps” range from $21.50 to $31.50 and are available through MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630, open Tuesday thru Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. or on-line anytime at http://www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org.