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‘39 Steps’ production features cast of four at Fusion Theatre

April 11, 2014

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, and over 150 zany characters (portrayed by a cast of four).

The Monmouth College Theatre is partnering with the Galesburg Theatre Festival to present this unforgettable evening of pure pleasure on April 11-12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for others and may be purchased online or at the door. Patrons are encouraged to join one of Monmouth’s fine area restaurants for dinner before the show.

The play is adapted by Patrick Barlow. The production is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

Seeking a frivolous night out at the theatre, Richard Hannay (played by Monmouth alum Douglas Alderman) is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman (one of many roles played by Monmouth alum Noelle Thompson) claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail. This is a classic portrayal of one man’s flight from wrong accusation through a series of misadventures and old fashioned romance.

“The 39 Steps” features a cast of four actors (including the versatile Jonny Rey and the incomparable Zach Hunter of Monmouth) who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations, and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second changes.

“The 39 Steps” is directed by Monmouth College Adjunct Professor Robert Thompson, Jr., and the show is fresh off a successful run in Galesburg. Professor Doug Rankin, chair of Monmouth’s Theatre Department, said, “This is exactly what we hoped for when we opened the Fusion Theatre. We look forward to hosting a variety of arts events and we encourage area residents to take advantage of what downtown Monmouth has to offer… the show is great fun and within easy walking distance of a number of restaurants and establishments for before and after theatre enjoyment.”

For further information, please contact Bill Wallace.

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