Tuesday, September 25, 2012


If you missed this show on Broadway or at George Street Playhouse, not to worry. A new production opens nearby in Chatham.


Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan
Based on the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Bell Wessel

WHEN: October 5-20; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday, October 14, at 3  PM
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $20; $18 students/seniors
The box office will begin accepting phone reservations on September 25 at 973.635.7363
Order tickets online 24/7

The play, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, features more than 150 characters brought to life by a cast of just four actors in this 2008 Tony Award winning play. It is part juicy spy novel, part Monty Python, and it preserves the brilliance originally created by the master of suspense.

The_Cast_-_The_39_StepsDavid Cantor of Berkeley Heights plays suave hero Richard Hannay who learns from a beautiful spy about a plot of international espionage. The woman is killed in Hannay's flat and he suddenly finds himself caught up in a race from London to Scotland in hopes of stopping military secrets from being smuggled out of the country. As he searches for the secret of "The 39 Steps" he is doggedly pursued by the police who believe he is a murderer. Three of the female roles will be played by Erica Knight of Clinton Twp, while the remaining multitude of characters (spies, policemen, inn keepers, traveling salesmen, etc.) are played by just two actors credited as Clown #1 (Glen Post of Boonton) and Clown #2 (Chip Prestera of Stirling). Photo taken by Howard Fischer.

Leading the artistic team is Director Bell Wesel, who is directing her first show at the Chatham Playhouse, having directed previously at Maplewood’s What Exit? Theatre Co. Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Tom Marshall assisted by Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.