O’Shakes announces ’39 Steps’ cast

Two familiar faces will be among the four actors in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s cast of The 39 Steps, which opens the Shakespeare season in September,

Brandon Roberts, right, (Splash, As You Like It) and Brad DePlanche, left, (A Tuna Christmas, The Comedy of Errors) will play Clown 1 and Clown 2 in the show, which will also feature Spencer Plachy (below left), a veteran of the Alley Theatre and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, as Hannay and Deanna Gibson (below right), seen at Florida Rep and the Riverside Theatre, in three female roles.

The 39 Steps, of course, is the New York comedy hit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller. It will play Sept. 17-Oct. 10 in the Margeson Theater.

Here’s the word from Shakespeare (well, the entity, not the man):

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of merry mayhem and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced, hilarious whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! In this Drama Desk Award winner and two-time Tony Award winner, a cast of four hilariously reenacts over 150 eccentric characters from Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller using just a few props, split-second quick changes, and plenty of theatrical ingenuity.

The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Jim Helsinger, begins previews on Wednesday, September 15, opens officially Friday, September 17 and runs through Sunday, October 10 in the Margeson Theater.

The 39 Steps is sponsored in part by CCR, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors.

The 39 Steps features Spencer Plachy (Alley Theater: The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Christmas Carol; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Cyrano de Bergerac, Amadeus, My Fair Lady) as Hannay, Brad DePlanche (Orlando Shakes: A Tuna Christmas, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Clown 1, Brandon Roberts (Orlando Shakes:  Kiss Me Kate, Oz, As You Like It) as Clown 2, and Deanna Gibson (Florida Rep: Boeing Boeing, Almost, Maine; Riverside Theatre: Doubt, Blithe Spirit) as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret.

An experienced production team joins the cast including Scenic Designer Ray Recht, Costume Designer Denise R. Warner, Lighting Designer Jim Hunter, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky.

The 39 Steps Synopsis
In The 39 Steps, an average man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s 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. A riotous blend of brilliant performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of nonstop laughs and Hitchcock’s special brand of romance, intrigue and espionage. The longest running comedy on Broadway, The 39 Steps is perfect for audiences of all ages.

What: The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock

Where: Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Margeson Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

When: September 15, 2010 – October 10, 2010 – ON SALE NOW!

Dates & Times: Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm – all seats $20, $28, $34
Friday and Saturday at 8pm – all seats $26, $32, $38
Sunday at 2pm – all seats $20, $28, $34

Preview Nights: September 15 and 16, 2010 at 7:00pm – all seats $16
Senior Matinee: Wednesday, September 22 and 29 at 2pm  – all seats $15

$20 Under 30: Friday, October 1, 2010
Tickets for that evening’s performance are just $20 for those under 30 years old. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show happy hour featuring $2 beer and $3 wine.

Season Gala: Sunday, September 12 at 5:00 PM
Tickets start at $150 per person
Corporate packages of 10 start at $1,500

Tickets: Box Office (407) 447-1700
Online at www.orlandoshakes.org.
Student Rush: $10 – 30 minutes prior to curtain for any available seat. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater Box Office is located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. From September 7-May 2, 2011, the Box Office hours are 12pm to show time, Tuesday-Saturday, and one hour prior to show time on Sundays for walk up sales. On non-performance days, the Box Office closes at 5pm. The Box Office will be closed on Mondays.

Comments are closed.