ICT brings murder, mayhem and mirth to the Long
Beach Performing Arts Center with ‘The 39 Steps’
LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 22, 2018) — Hitchcock meets hilarious in a fast-paced comedy mystery thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theater. International City Theatre presents The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie. Jamie Torcellini directs for a June 22 opening at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, with two low-priced previews set for June 20 and June 21.
Train chases, plummeting planes and old-fashioned romance lead to a death-defying finale as a cast of four actors (Bo Foxworth, Louis Lotorto, Ashley Morton and Eric Wentz) breathlessly reenacts hundreds of characters, locations and famous scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name. A smash hit in London’s West End and on Broadway, The 39 Steps received the 2007 Olivier Award for “Best New Comedy” and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience.” Four actors times over 150 roles equals 1000 laughs!
“It’s bonkers to try to recreate an ambitious action movie frame-by-frame with only four actors on stage,” said Edward Snape, producer of the West End production.
“When I first met Edward, our head honcho producer, it was with the idea of adapting John Buchan’s book, which of course is one of the first great thrillers,” said Barlow in an interview. “It is very elegant and charming and even for its time quite suspenseful, but still rather staid. It is more like a meditation on a man alone searching for the truth. Not exactly nail-biting, which is what one needs. So at first I couldn’t really find a way in. Till I bought the VHS of the Hitchcock film for £2.99 and there was the answer ready-made. “
The result: a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs that The New York Times calls “Theater at its finest… absurdly enjoyable.”
ICT’s stellar creative team features set designer Fred Kinney, lighting designer Stacy McKenney, costume designer Kim DeShazo, sound designer Dave Mickey, prop designers Patty and Gordon Briles, and hair and wigs designer Anthony Gagliardi. Casting is by Michael Donovan and the production stage manager is Donna Parsons. The honorary producer is Keesal, Young and Logan.
The 39 Steps runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., June 22 through July 8. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $49 on Saturdays and Sundays, except for Oct. 20 (opening night) for which tickets are $55 and include a post-performance reception with the actors. Low-priced tickets to previews are $35.
International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 330 East Seaside Way in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call 562-436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.
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‘The 39 Steps’
The 39 Steps — Hitchcock meets hilarious in this fast-paced comedy mystery thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theater. Train chases, plummeting planes and old-fashioned romance lead to a death-defying finale as a cast of four actors breathlessly reenacts hundreds of characters, locations and famous scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name. Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.
• Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan
• Based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie and an original concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble
• Directed by Jamie Torcellini
• Starring Bo Foxworth, Louis Lotorto, Ashley Morton, Eric Wentz
• Produced by caryn desai [sic]
• Honorary Producer: Keesal, Young and Logan
• Presented by International City Theatre
Previews: June 20 and June 21 at 8 p.m.
Performances: June 22 – July 8
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: June 20 ONLY (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: June 21 (preview), June 28, July 5
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: June 22 (Opening Night), June 29, July 6
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: June 23, June 30, July 7
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: June 24, July 1, July 8
INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
330 East Seaside Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
• Opening Night (June 22): $55 (includes post-show reception with the actors)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $49
• Thursdays and Friday (except June 22): $47
• Previews: $35