Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a spy novel, add a bit of farcical comedy and you have a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, and a cast of four playing over 150 characters reenacting the entire movie on stage, complete with train chases, plane crashes, shadowy murders, beautiful spies, dastardly villains, and some good old-fashioned romance! The 39 Steps stars notable Twin Cities actors Eric Webster, Emma Gochberg, David Gangler, and Sam Landman. Zach Curtis directs.
The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the John Buchan novel and subsequent Alfred Hitchcock film. This award winning play was given the Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design, and nominated for four other Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Costume Design of a Play. The 39 Steps also received the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting Design, and the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.Director Zach Curtis returns to BCT’s Black Box Theater after staging The Prisoner of Second Avenue and 12 Angry Men in past seasons. He recently completed a six year run as the Artistic Director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji; Minnesota’s longest running summer stock theater. In a previous life, he was Artistic Director for Fifty Foot Penguin Theater in Minneapolis. He has directed over 75 professional productions, including the Actors Equity Showcase of A Streetcar Named Desire, the area premiere of Debbie Does Dallas: the Musical, and the recent staging of Chicago at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud. As an actor, Curtis has appeared at the Guthrie, Children’s Theater, Park Square and 10,000 Things, among others, including the lead role of Dave in The Full Monty in 2009 for Theater Latté Da at the Ordway.
The 39 Steps runs Friday, March 16 through Saturday, April 7. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. There is also a 2pm Saturday matinee on March 31. The Thursday March 29 performance is ASL Interpreted, and the Friday March 30 performance is Audio Described. A post-show ‘talk-back’ with the cast and crew takes place after the Sunday matinee on March 25. All performances are held in the Black Box Theater at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd. in Bloomington, MN. All seating is reserved, and tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by calling the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Box Office at 952-563-8575, or online atwww.bloomingtoncivictheatre.org.
BCT is a program of the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2009 from the merger of the Bloomington Civic Theatre and Bloomington Art Center. BTAC offers high quality theater productions, art education for children and adults, and visual arts exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists from Minnesota and surrounding states.