The 39 Steps
March 9-25, 2018
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville
adapted by Patrick Barlow | Directed by Magdalene Spanuello
As a courtesy to our patrons, we do not allow children under age five, including infants, to be admitted to our Main Stage Productions. Thank you.
Mix Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 adventure film masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit farce for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs with over 150 zany characters played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4 actors, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. Richard Hannay, a man with a boring life meets a mysterious woman spy with a thick accent. When he takes her home, she is murdered! A mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on his trail and launches him on a cross-country mission to exonerate himself of a murder charge and save his King and country all leading to a death-defying finale! Dangerous femme fatales, dastardly villains, deadly assassins, an on-stage plane crash, and some good old-fashioned romance all provide an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
Tin Penavic (Richard Hannay) a founding BST member, is excited to return to the BST stage for this role. Other roles include Run For Your Wife, God of Carnage, Moonlight and Magnolias, Bleacher Bums, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Noises Off!. Other Chicagoland productions include Don’t Dress for Dinner, Skyscraper and Side Man (U/S). FILM/ TV: Mattress World, Moviestar*, The Balancing Game, The Mob Doctor, CONRAD. His new written play The Cape and The Klan will have its debut in 2018 in North Hollywood and his script MobWar is in production with CyberTiger studios. Love to Mom, Dad, wife Leslie, and boys Ivo and Adrien for their love and support.
Becca Duff (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret) is so excited to be a woman! Other dialects she’s performed with include British, Spanish, and a vaguely tropical islander accent for E.D.G.E. Theatre’s Peter and the Starcatcher, New York dialect for BST’s Guys and Dolls, and a surprise German accent for Big Noise’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Love to her woman, Alli.
Andrew Stachurski (Clown) is very excited to be returning to Brightside Theatre. You may have seen Mr. Stachurski in BST’s 2014 production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Since then Mr. Stachurski has been seen on stages across the Midwest. Recent credits include: Stewpot in South Pacific (Okoboji Summer Theatre), Rick Steadman in The Nerd (Okoboji Summer Theatre), and Doug in Gutenberg the Musical (Shawnee Theatre). Andrew would like to thank Maggie for the support and opportunities, past and present. He would also like to thank BrightSide Theatre, his Mom and Dad, and his friends for their support.
Jonathan Crabtree (Clown) is chuffed to bits to be making his Brightside debut. You might have seen him recently as John Adams in E.D.G.E. Theatre’s 1776, or as Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher. Jonathan’s credits include performances with Steel Beam Theatre, Janus Theatre, Metropolis, First Folio, and others. His favorite role was as a Pirate in Pirates of Penzance on the Tall Ship Windy on Lake Michigan. He has also volunteered for UPS for DownS Theatre, and so should you. He would like to thank his talented and beautiful wife, Melissa, for her love and support, and his Mom for helping him memorize his lines. Jonathan’s favorite cake is pie.
Magdalene Spanuello (Director) is a Chicago-based theatre director and choreographer and an adjunct instructor of music theatre at Carthage College. Her international credits include Next to Normal and Seussical, the Musical! (Shanghai Conservatory of Music). Among her regional credits are The Tempest directed by Aaron Posner and Teller of Penn & Teller (Associate Director-Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Smith Center; Las Vegas, South Coast Repertory), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Chicago Civic Orchestra-Shakespeare 400 Festival), A Christmas Carol, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Arms and the Man (Ten Chimneys), Completely Hollywood (Old Creamery Theatre) and two seasons as the Artistic Director of Shawnee Summer Theatre. Maggie is deeply grateful for this opportunity to work with BrightSide Theatre and this incredible cast and crew. Enjoy the show!