Continuing the 42nd Season of Dunwoody’s professional theatre, Stage Door Players brings you the madcap comedy “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan, directed by George Contini, featuring Jacob York. The show opens on Friday, May 20 and runs through Sunday, June 12. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Single tickets are on sale now at the box office (770-396-1726), or online at stagedoorplayers.net. Tickets are $30; senior, student, and youth discounts are available.
“The 39 Steps” is a mixture of a Hitchcock masterpiece, juicy spy novel and a dollop of Monty Python. The two-time Tony Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
The comedy is directed by George Contini, and features Stephanie Friedman making her Stage Door debut; Stage Door favorite Tony Larkin (Miracle on South Division Street, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play); Stage Door veteran John Markowski (The Game’s Afoot, Lend Me A Tenor, Unnecessary Farce, Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies); and Stage Door Artistic Associate Jacob York (The Game’s Afoot, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Unnecessary Farce). Ryan Stillings (Southern Comforts) returns to Stage Door Players, and Jillian Walzer debuts, both in supporting roles.
Director George Contini is an associate professor in the University of Georgia’s Theatre and Film Studies Department where he specializes in Characterization (Michael Chekhov), Acting on Camera and Solo Performance. In addition to teaching full time, Contini maintains a career as an actor, director, and playwright. Most recently he appeared in The Explorer’s Club at the Aurora Theatre, which received a Suzi Bass Award nomination for Best Ensemble. His original solo show ManActress (formerly Put It In the Scrapbook) has toured to the Chicago Fringe Festival and the New Orleans Fringe Festival.