“39 Steps” re-opens the Ghent Playhouse for its 42nd season

Kevin Kilb, Meaghan Rogers, Christopher Gilbert & Brian Wagner in The 39 Steps at the Ghent Playhouse. Photo by Matt Sikora.

Kevin Kilb, Meaghan Rogers, Christopher Gilbert & Brian Wagner in The 39 Steps at the Ghent Playhouse. Photo by Matt Sikora.

The 42nd Season of the Ghent Playhouse begins with The 39 Steps. Adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, this fast paced melodrama is based on the novel by John Buchan and the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. The production is being directed by Deena Pewtherer. The 39 Steps opens on Friday, October 7, 2016 and runs through Sunday, October 23 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

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 for anyone who loves the magic of theater. A man with a boring life meets a mysterious woman with a thick accent who tells him she is a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with non-stop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, good old-fashioned romance and over 150 zany characters, played by a cast of four. The 39 Steps provides an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

The cast includes returnees to the Ghent Playhouse stage: Kevin Kilb of Ghent from last Season’s The Imaginary Invalid & Meaghan Rogers of Pittsfield from last Season’s Boeing, Boeing along with new comers Brian Wagner of Philmont & Christopher Gilbert of Redhook. Costumes are by Joanne Mauer, Lighting Design by Isabel Filkins & Sound Design by Mark “Monk” Schane-Lydon. Kelly Mackerer is producing this production and Arielle Lant is the Assistant Director and Stage Manager.

Tip: be sure to reserve your tickets early, especially for the Sunday matinees, while there are still seats available.

Tickets are $20 each, $17 for Members of the Playhouse and $10 for Students with ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to the website at www.ghentplayhouse.org.

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