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The 39 Steps

The 39 StepsMarch 27 - April 12
By Patrick Barlow
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote the adaptation in 2005. The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women, and two other actors play every other character in the show. Thus playing the film's serious story mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.



Director's Note
The 39 Steps Press Release

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The 39 Steps
Archive Photographs




A Note from the Director…

Amber BurgessIt’s 1935.  The world is on the cusp of war, and a young film maker who has been involved with making movies since the dawn of the art form is undertaking a new challenge.  This is before he was the “master of suspense”.  Before any birds, or psychos, or inner-ear disorders would make him a pioneer of dramatic tension in cinema.  Sometimes an early work can be the herald of a beginner’s later genius… and sometimes not. The 39 Steps started life as a spy novel, and became what is considered the best film of Hitchcock’s early career… which may not be saying much.  Many elements of his style were firmly intact, but his later mastery of story-telling was not at the level of his eventual brilliance.  The Hitchcock film adaptation of The 39 Steps was full of tropes and clichés of movies of the time, and is at times overly dramatic.  To quote the reviewer of the original movie for The New York Times, “By comparison with the sinister delicacy and urbane understatement of The Thirty-nine Steps, the best of our melodramas seem crude and brawling.” To our modern eyes the melodrama of the movie can seem comical, and over-the-top, and the situations are down-right ridiculous.  When the creative team of Patrick Barlow, Simon Corble, and Nobby Dimon saw the humor in the movie, and began to lampoon Hitchcock (with respectful indignity), they had no idea that it would become an international hit. It is with the utmost respect and love that we bring you this story, and hope that you enjoy our little play.  We are proud to present, The 39 Steps.

Amber Burgess




The 39 Steps Cast


Richard Hannay


Rory Dunn

The Woman


Kali McMillian

Clown # 1


Don Hart

Clown #2


Steven E. Sitzman


The 39 Steps Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher



Amber Burgess

Production Stage Manager


Michael Redondo

Technical Director


Justin Detwiler

Costume Designer


Amber Burgess

Properties Master


Amber Burgess



Michael Redondo

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones


Place & Time: London & Scotland; 1935



Cast Biographies

Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Director) is pleased to make her Second Stage directorial debut with The 39 Steps.  This production begins her tenure as The Round Barn Theatre Artistic Director, and she feels immensely honored to present such a great story with such incredible artists.  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5.
Thank you to the cast and crew of “The 39 Steps” for making this process a joy, and creating some wonderful memories.

Rory DunnRory Dunn (Richard Hannay) has been performing on stage for most of his life.  So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief.  Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Josiah in Josiah for President and the Bishop in Les Misérables.

Don HartDon Hart (Clown #1) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy
Enjoy the show!

Kali McMillianKali McMillian (The Woman) is a fun-loving gal from the heart of the peach state, Atlanta, GA! She is overjoyed to be working for The Round Barn Theatre here at the historic Amish Acres farm! She began acting at an early age in community theatre and continued her theatre education at Berry College in Georgia where she was privileged to play such roles as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Grace in the The Faith Healer. Since graduating, Kali has continued to follow her passions working for the Scioto Society in thier production of Tecumseh and now here for Amish Acres! She would like to thank her family, who have always supported her love of theatre.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."

Steven SitzmanSteven E. Sitzman (Clown #2) is excited to be making his Round Barn debut. His theatre credits include the National Tour of A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig/Charity Man). Regional: The Addams Family (Fester), The Full Monty (Dave), Boeing Boeing (Robert), The Buddy Holly Story (Murray/MC), among others.  
Proud BFA Graduate from Niagara University.