The 39 Steps
BlackBox Foundation Presents:
The 39 Steps
Directed By Stacey Seaman
Fri/Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm
Vista Grande HS Auditorium
1556 N. Arizola Rd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
"What is the 39 Steps"?
British director Alfred Hitchcock, who had a wicked sense of humor, would undoubtedly have appreciated the theatre adaptation of The 39 Steps, a madcap spoof of one of his early film noir thrillers. The production pays
homage to the plump little director in a unique way.
Four different actors portray more than 50 different characters, a feat requiring admirable comic timing, lightening quick costume changes and a very strong constitution. Only the lead actor sticks with his original role, and he stays onstage and in motion during the entire performance. He is joined by a female actress who plays 3 roles throughout the performance, and two other actors who each play all of the rest of the dozen roles in the show.
With love and irreverence, The 39 Steps pays hilarious homage to film noir, Hitchcock and spy movies in general. The show uses the magic of theatre to bring exciting chases (by car, foot, train and plane) to life on stage. Those moments, along with the general onstage insanity and instant costume changes, make it a hilarious night at the theatre!
Richard Hannay is at a London theatre when a fight breaks
out and a shot is fired. In the ensuing panic, he finds
himself holding a frightened Annabella Schmidt, who talks
him into taking her back to his flat.
There, she tells him that she is a spy, being chased by
assassins out to kill her. She claims to have uncovered a man who is the head of a top plot to steal vital British military secrets, implemented by an espionage organization called "The 39 Steps."
The play follows our dashing hero through the next few days as he runs for his life and struggles to discern who is friend and foe. The fun continues as this frenetic farce careens from place to place and muddle to mess. The conclusion combines mishaps, mistaken identities, and tongue-in-cheek references to everything we like about murder mysteries and film noir detective movies.
About BlackBox Foundation:
BlackBox Foundation is a non-profit located in Casa
Grande, Arizona, whose mission is to enhance the quality
of life of people in our community by providing them with
opportunities to experience the arts through performance
BlackBox partners with local schools, venues, artists, and
performance groups to help produce and promote the performing arts in our community. Some of the artists, venues, and organizations with which we are affiliated:
Casa Grande Main Street
Casa Grande Valley Historical Society
Casa Grande Elementary School District
Casa Grande Union High School District
Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Coolidge Performing Arts Center
Strings of the Sonoran
Recent events that the BlackBox creative team has
been responsible for producing include:
Don't Talk to the Actors
Fresh Brewed: Tales from the Coffee Bar
Every Christmas Story Ever Told
The Last 5 Years
The Odd Couple: Female Version
It's a Wonderful Life: Radio Play
Kid & Teen Musical Theatre Camp
After School Drama Classes
After School String Classes
Kid/Teen/Adult Improv Comedy Training
Salute to Harry Warren
The Beatles Slept Here
The Boy With No Name
With Her Voice
Copper State Poetry Slam Championships
Kush County Band
Open Mic Nights
Stand Up Comedy
Cabaret Music Nights
Vista Grande High School Theatre (View)
1556 N. Arizola Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|