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Tressa Preston, MFA performance student, portrays Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret and Edward McCreary, junior theatre and economics double major is Richard Hannay in the University Theatre’s The 39 Steps.

University Theatre season opens with Hitchcock comedy ‘The 39 Steps’

F. Tyler Burnet

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By F. Tyler Burnet | September 19, 2011

University Theatre kicks off its 2011-2012 season with Broadway's longest-running comedy, The 39 Steps. The production will run in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts building Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 27-30 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets to the play are $15 for general admission and $12 for students with a UGA ID. 

The 39 Steps is a theatrical riff on Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film, which was adapted from the John Muchan novel. In Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation, four actors portray 39 characters in a shot-for-shot remake of the classic mystery thriller.

"A fast-paced whodunit that blends a Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python, The 39 Steps presents what would become classic film conventions for mystery thrillers: the wrong man, mismatched lovers, the mysterious woman in black and spies in disguise," said director George Contini, associate professor in theatre and film studies. "The 39 Steps is a great show for our particular department as it allows us the opportunity to explore how the same story is told through two very different media: film and theater. Hitchcock uses the artifice of theater as a recurring image in the film, and the play uses that as its jumping-off point in a loving homage to the film."

"I'm especially excited about this production because The 39 Steps so brilliantly brings together both sides of our department: theatre and film studies," said department head David Saltz.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 706-542-4400, in person at the Performing Arts Center box office or at the door before the show.


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