“What are the 39 steps?” Richard Hannay asks on three separate occasions.
The 39 steps are, or more appropriately “The 39 Steps” is the upcoming production from Stage Coach Players. The show is a fast-paced Monty-Python-esque farce derived from Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller of the same name based on the 1915 book by John Buchan. “The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow, takes that film and scene by scene, presents it on the stage using only five actors with great comedic effect.
Directed by Tim Ball, “The 39 Steps” opens Sept. 20 and runs through Sept. 30 at Stage Coach Theatre in DeKalb.
The play centers on what happens when a bored British subject in 1935 goes to the theater. He meets a German-speaking woman with many secrets, and when gunshots are fired at the theater, he takes her to his flat at her request. She informs him of a plot to obtain highly classified information to British air defense called “The 39 Steps.” When he wakes the following morning to find her murdered, he realizes his life is in danger and runs for his life, chased by both the bad guys and the authorities.
“The 39 Steps” features sinister villains, beautiful women and thugs aplenty as Richard Hannay tries to figure out exactly what the 39 Steps are and how to alert the British government of the impending danger all while trying not to be arrested and more importantly killed.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 and Sept. 28 and 29, and 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30.
Tickets cost $15 each or $13 for seniors and children age 13 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit www.stagecoachers.com or call the box office at 815-758-1940 beginning Sept. 16.
Stage Coach Theater is at 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb.