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THE 39 STEPS Comes To The DuPont Theatre 4/6-4/11

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS. This 2 time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner railroads its way into the DuPont Theatre for an exclusive area run Tuesday, April 6 - Sunday, April 11, 2010.

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film with just a few props, a lot of theatrical ingenuity, and split second quick changes. Literally nothing has been cut from this ingenious and spectacular version of Britain's most spell-binding thriller - legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Fourth Bridge, the first bi-plane crash ever staged, the rather provocative ‘bedroom sequence', and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium.
Seeking a frivolous night out at the theatre, protagonist Richard Hannay is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail. This is a classic portrayal of one man's flight from wrong accusation through a series of misadventures and old fashioned romance.

THE 39 STEPS has been a runaway hit in London's West End, playing to sell-out houses at the Criterion where it continues to delight and thrill audiences.
The production received its American debut at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA. The Broadway premiere began previews on January 4, 2008, officially opened on January 15 at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre, and closed January 10, 2010. It opens again Off Broadway March 25, 2010.

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Claire Brownell (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret) comes directly from the Broadway production. Also in New York, Brownell adapted, composed and performed in Dirge (Target Margin Theater). Regional credits include The 39 Steps (Huntington Theater); The Rivals and A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Bring Love to My Doorstep and Postcards From Earth (assistant director, Guthrie Lab); Twelfth Night (Montana Shakespeare Company).

Ted Deasy (Richard Hannay) has appeared Off-Off Broadway in A Phoenix Too Frequent and The 7th of October. His regional career includes performances at Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Players Theatre, Indiana Rep, Syracuse Stage, GeVa Theatre, Yale Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Virginia, Two River Theatre, The Old Globe, among others, including four season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Television and Film: All My Children, Guiding Light, Prophet of Evil, Secret Bodyguard and Silk Stalkings.

Eric Hissom (Man #1) is thrilled to be a part of The 39 Steps National Tour! Eric has appeared in Twelfth Night, Complete Works of William Shakespeare at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Man and Superman and Eastern Standard at Asolo Rep; Our Town and Hedda Gabler at Arden Theater Company; Macbeth and Arcadia at Folger Theatre; China - The Whole Enchilada at New York Fringe Festival; and over 25 productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Film: Out of Time. Television: Mortal Combat, Sheena, One Tree Hill.

Scott Parkinson (Man #2) appeared in La Jolla's The Third Story, Broadway's The Coast of Utopia, and as the Stage Manager in David Cromer's acclaimed Our Town, plus Off-Broadway's Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street); Queen Margaret in Rose Rage: Henry VI 1, 2, & 3. Regional: Old Globe; Mark Taper Forum; Cassius in Julius Caesar, The Persians (Shakespeare Theatre). Chicago: Goodman Theater; Chicago Shakespeare; Writers' Theatre. Other roles include: Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, lago, Mercutio, the Fool, Puck, Octavius Caesar, Prince Hal, and Nathan Detroit. Jefferson Award winner.

Sheffield Chastain (Understudy) credits include Broadway's Is He Dead?, White Christmas, Off-Broadway's A Dangerous Personality (Perry Street Theater) and work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Capital Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Eureka Theater Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theater Center, Sierra Repertory Theater, Shakespeare festivals in Alabama, Nevada, Santa Cruz, Vermont, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe. TV: Law & Order, Ed, Nash Bridges, As the World Turns.

Performances of Alfred Hitchcock'S THE 39 STEPS at the DuPont Theatre are Tuesday through Sunday, April 6-11, 2010. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $40. To purchase tickets or for more information about group rates, call the DuPont Theatre Box Office at 302-656-4401 or 800-338-0881 or on the internet at

For information on dining before or after performances at the DuPont Theatre, call the Hotel du Pont at 302-594-3154 or 800-338-3404.

Located at the DuPont Building in Wilmington, DE, the DuPont Theatre is a 1,252-seat theatre that has been presenting professional Broadway productions since 1913. It also hosts a variety of entertainers, businesses, charitable groups and private parties.

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