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Adapted by

Patrick Barlow From the novel by

John Buchan From the movie of

Alfred Hitchcock Directed by

Clay Hopper

This production is made possible in part by contributions from

Mr. Robert Dohmen and Kathleen Quinn



Jim Petosa, Artistic Director

o l n e y t h e at r e . o r g

From Jim and Amy

Dear Friends,

Welcome to today’s performance of The 39 Steps!

From a book to the big screen to Broadway, this piece has proven itself as a work that will not be confined to one medium nor the constraints of typical storytelling. When The 39 Steps first opened in New York, many people (including the actors) thought the show wouldn’t last but a few weeks. It didn’t feature the massive sets, large production numbers or headline stars that have become the draw of current Broadway shows. This show deviated from the large scale gloss and glamour of the “new” Broadway and capitalized on the simpler magic of the old Vaudeville shows - theatre that survives on greasepaint and hammy actors. To the surprise and delight of everyone involved, it was a hit! After the success of last year’s Farragut North, Associate Artistic Director Clay Hopper takes you on a non-stop thrill ride as the four actors create more than 150 characters with expert precision in the course of one evening ­— a Hitchcockian feat for the modern stage! Just as this story has seen great transformation and success, Olney Theatre Center welcomes you to join us on our journey as we prepare for our 75th Anniversary Season. Since the earliest days of the Washington DC theatre community, Olney Theatre Center has stood stalwart in the face of adversity and hardship and continues to bring you the finest productions in the area. This production wouldn’t be possible without the essential support of our 2012 Season Sponsor, Mr. Robert Dohmen, and the generous support of our show sponsor Kathleen Quinn. Many thanks to all of our donors and patrons. Now sit back, relax, and buckle up for a ride that will last another 75 years as we change hats, characters, and continue to bring you programming of the highest quality!

Jim Petosa, Artistic Director

Amy Marshall, Managing Director

Amy Marshall and Jim Petosa are sponsored by the Dohmen Family Foundation.

Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to create professional theater productions and other programs that nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators, and audience members; to develop each individual’s creative potential using the skill and imaginative possibilities of theater and the performing arts. Contributing Editor: Heather Latiri Ad Sales: 301.924.4485 x121 • Printer: Svec Conway Copyright by Olney Theatre Center. All editorial and advertising material is fully protected and must not be reproduced in any manner without written permission.




Jim Petosa


Artistic Director

Amy Marshall Managing Director


adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock featuring

Evan Casey Jason Lott

Susan Lynskey Jeffries Thaiss

Lighting Designer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Pei Lee

Nicholas Houfek

Production Stage Manager

Sound Designer

Projections Designer

Cristina Todesco Renee E. Yancey

Alex Neumann

Production Manager Technical Director

Renee E. Yancey

Eric Knauss

Company Manager

Mackenzie Douglas

JJ Kaczynski

Costume Shop Manager

Jeanne Bland


Clay Hopper This production is made possible in part by contributions from Mr. Robert Dohmen

and Kathleen Quinn.

The 39 Steps is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited And an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon 301.924.3400



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Richard Hannay Jeffries Thaiss* Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret Susan Lynskey* Clown 1 Jason Lott* Clown 2 Evan Casey* *Member, Actors’ Equity Association

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About The play

“The veneer of civilization is very thin, easily exposing the horrors beneath and…evil comes in very attractive forms, making it all the harder to resist.” -Deborah Buchan, granddaughter of John Buchan, author In the stage adaptation of The 39 Steps, we see this selfsame world as in the original “thriller” novel: a man on the run from wrongful accusations of murder, charming spies lurking in the Scottish countryside, and suspense around every corner. However, playwright Patrick Barlow executes the world of the “thriller” genre in a completely opposite direction of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film adaptation. He creates through farce. While doing complete artistic justice to both Buchan’s original work and Hitchcock’s film, Barlow’s farcical take on the material provides us with a true homage to the theater. Not the contemporary theatre of spectacle we see today with massive moving sets and superheroes flying above the audience on wires. He pays tribute to our sentimental vision of the theater by creating so much with so little. Barlow does this by celebrating the artifice of the theatre and theatricality. We suspend our disbelief when watching theater as an audience, but farce takes this experience another step further: it draws our attention to the skillful exploitation of a situation, making the highly improbable completely plausible on the stage. The play itself exists within a very civilized world of proper English mannerisms and cultured charms, the very thin “veneer of civilization” that Deborah Buchan mentions. But instead of revealing the shadowy underworld of pre-war espionage as the book and movie do, the play shows that within the context of the theater, this story is ripe for farce and satire. — Michael R. Kelly, Education Associate 301.924.3400



Audience Services

Theater Policies

Audio-Described Performances

Latecomers are seated at the discretion of the house manager. Please do not bring food or drink into the theater (bottled water is allowed) and all buildings are smoke-free. The use of recording or photographic equipment during the show is prohibited. Olney Theatre Center is not responsible for any items left on our campus. All children, including babies, require a ticket. We will ask parents to take their children to the lobby if their behavior is disturbing patrons. Please turn off your cell phone in the theaters.

Audio-described performances are offered on the third Wednesday evening during a show’s run, which include pre-show program notes, descriptions of the action, scenery and costumes during pauses in the dialogue. Metropolitan Washington Ear can provide an escort to audio-described performances for patrons who are visually impaired.

terpreted Performances

Post-Show Discussions

Sign interpretation is available for the third Thursday evening during a show’s run. The service must be reserved two weeks in advance and is based on the availability of qualified interpreters.

Join the artistic staff and/or invited guests after the first Saturday matinee for AfterWords. The cast holds a talkback after the third Wednesday evening performance. Please call the Box Office at 301.924.3400 for more information on these events.


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Evan Casey (Clown Two) has appeared at Olney Theatre Center in Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, and Lend Me a Tenor, and was recently seen as Cooper in the world premiere of Really Really at Signature Theatre. NEW YORK: NYMF: River’s End. DC AREA: Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre 2ndStage, Round House Theatre, Rep Stage, Theater of the First Amendment, Imagination Stage, Bay Theatre Company. REGIONAL: North Carolina Theatre, Everyman Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse. FILM: Bare Knuckle, Treasure Hunt, Flanking the Sentinel, Jargon. TV/WEB: Missing Person’s Unit, Stage Fright, Mark of the Eagle. OTHER: Capitol Steps, multiple cast recordings. EDUCATION: Catholic University, London Dramatic Academy. TEACHING: National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Howard Community College, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Imagination Stage. Jason Lott (Clown One) is excited to return to Olney Theatre Center, having previously performed in Annie [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Resident Musical]. He has appeared with many regional theatres, including The Kennedy Center TYA, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Studio Theatre 2ndStage, Everyman Theatre, Theater Alliance, Longacre Lea Productions, Forum Theatre, Rorschach Theatre Company, The Hub Theatre, Imagination Stage, and The American Century Theater. He has also been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble with Longacre Lea’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and, along with his writing partner Helen Parfumi, for a Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for their one-man show, Wonderful Life. Susan Lynskey (Annabella, Pamela, Margaret) Olney Theatre Center productions include Farragut North, The Laramie Project [Helen Hayes Awards nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress], The Miser, and the world premiere of Coffee With Richelieu. Susan 301.924.3400

performs regularly at area theaters, including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Round House, Studio Theatre, CenterStage, Signature Theatre and H Street Playhouse. Her work has garnered Helen Hayes Awards nominations, The Art and New Media Award, and several Outstanding Individual Artist Awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has also appeared in feature films and television for Warner Bros, Disney, HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBC and PBS. Recent TV/Film appearances include HBO’s The Wire, The Visiting, and National Treasure II. Her voicework has been featured on NPR, PBS, and the CBC. Susan serves on the Theater and Performance Studies Faculty of Georgetown University. She is also the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Washington-based audiotheatre company, The Audible Group, with whom she recently premiered new works at The Kennedy Center and The Goethe Institute. Susan is delighted to collaborate again with Clay, Pei, Renee, this top drawer cast and crew, and always to return to Olney Theatre Center.

Jeffries Thaiss (Richard Hannay) is very pleased to return to the Olney Theatre Center, where he has been seen in Witness for the Prosecution, Dinner with Friends, Trumpery, The Glass Menagerie, Is He Dead?, The Underpants, The Mousetrap, Democracy, 13 Rue de L’Amour, Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler, The Heiress, Saint Joan, Carousel, Piaf, Anna Karenina, Monster, Candida, She Loves Me, and Holiday. New York: Potomac Theatre Project, Spatter Pattern. Other regional credits include shows at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, The Kennedy Center, Portland Stage Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Triad Stage, Virginia Musical Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, and The Sewanee Writers Conference, among others. TEleVision: As the World Turns, One Life to Live. OLNEYTHEATRE.ORG


Behind the Scenes

Jim Petosa (Artistic Director) has been Artistic Director for Olney Theatre Center since 1994. Since 2002, he has been Director of the School of Theatre at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. He has also served as a co-artistic director of the Potomac Theatre Project, now PTP/ NYC, since 1987. His Olney Theatre Center directing credits include Opus, Dinner with Friends, Trumpery, The Glass Menagerie, Democracy, Brooklyn Boy, In the Mood, An Enemy of the People, The Elephant Man, The Miracle Worker, Copenhagen, The Laramie Project, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris [Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction], Collected Stories [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Direction] and his Look! We Have Come Through! (co-authored with Carole Graham Lehan) [Charles MacArthur Award nomination for Outstanding New Play]. As a guest artist, he has directed at The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Washington Jewish Theatre, and Rep Stage. Jim has directed for University of Maryland, College Park; The Catholic University of America; George Washington University; and Middlebury College. Jim is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and he is a member and has served on the board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Clay Hopper (Associate Artistic Director and Director of The 39 Steps) has been directing for National Players and Summer Shakespeare Festival since 2003. Credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Amadeus. He also directed Farragut North and Triumph of Love at Olney Theatre Center and Call of the Wild, a musical adaptation of Jack London’s novel by Jon Lipsky, first as a workshop at Boston University, then as a touring production for The National Players on Tour 59, culminating in the World Premier on Olney Theatre Center’s Main Stage in 2009. Other recent credits include On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning at Contemporary America Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab. In 2002 he founded and produced a new play series called New Works/After Hours at Lincoln Center 301.924.3400

Institute’s Clarke Studio Theatre. Offoff-Broadway: A Home Without by Robert Westfield, Different Zen by Clay Hopper with Third Eye Rep, Earthworms by Albert Innaurato with The Working Group, Triage by Chris Shiea with Miranda Theatre, and The Interrogation by Murphy Guyer with The Miranda Theatre. He has taught acting at Boston University, Woolly Mammoth’s Theatre School, and College of Wooster, where he directed King Lear and was visiting assistant professor in 2006. As assistant director he has worked at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Clay received his BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and his MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Clay is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Cristina Todesco (Scenic Designer) is pleased to be back at Olney Theater Center where she designed Opus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, A Passion for Justice: An Encounter with Clarence Darrow and the 2008 and 2009 National Players Tours. Recent designs include Red,The Divine Sister (Speakeasy Stage), Three Viewings (New Repertory Theater, dir: Jim Petosa), The Balcony (Boston Conservatory), Twelfth Night (Actor’s Shakespeare Project) all three Annie Baker plays in Boston’s Shirley Vermont Play Festival: Circle Mirror Transformation (Huntington Theater Company), Body Awareness (Speakeasy Stage), and The Aliens (Company One: Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design). Other credits include The Last Five Years (dir. Jim Petosa) and Afterlife: A Ghost Story (New Repertory Theater), 1001, the world premiere of Grimm (Company One); Love Song, Island of Slaves (The Orfeo Group: Elliot Norton Nomination for Outstanding Design). Cristina is also the 2008 Elliot Norton Award recipient for The Clean House at the New Repertory Theater. Education: She received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University’s School of Theater Arts where she currently teaches. Cristina is a member of United Scenic Artists. OLNEYTHEATRE.ORG


Tour 63

Tour 64

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Behind the Scenes

Pei Lee (Costume Designer) is over the moon to be collaborating with Clay again. Her Olney Theatre Center projects include Triumph of Love, Call of the Wild- a New Musical, Peter Pan, Big River, Democracy, Miracle Worker, Carousel, Copenhagen and Monster. Other projects include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Skriker for Forum Theatre, Twelfth Night and Call of the Wild for National Players Tour 59, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot for Rorschach Theatre, 1984 for the Catalyst Theatre, Snow Falling Fast for The Hatchery Festival, No End of Blame for the Potomac Theatre Project, Ugly Duckling for Adventure Theatre, Dimly Perceived Threats to the System for the Loyola College, Hamlet: the rest is silence for Synetic Theatre. Nicholas Houfek (Lighting Designer) Recent design work: Olney Theatre Center: Farragut North, Call of the Wild; Lincoln Center Festival: Varése: (R)evolution Part 1; Carnegie Hall: Bang on a Can, SoPercussion; Miller Theater: James Dillon’s Nine Rivers; Marvell Rep: Threepenny Opera, Nora, Blood Wedding; Potomac Theatre Project: Thérèse Raquin; Collaboration Town: Deepest Play Ever, THE MOMENTUM; Ian Spencer Bell Dance, Kymera Dance, Martha Graham Dance School, The Tank. NYC: FULL, Puppet Playlist; Sinking Ship Productions: Powerhouse; Boston University: Postcard from Morocco; Boston Center for American Performance: The Glass Menagerie; Education: He is a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre Design Program. Alex Neumann (Sound Designer) is making his Olney Theatre Center premier. BROADWAY: Associate Sound Designer: Seminar, The Best Man; Assistant Sound Designer: The Columnist, Driving Miss Daisy, Next Fall. OFF-BROADWAY: Ionescopade, Kiki Baby, It’s Judy’s Show, Daddy (original music and sound), The Atheist. OFFOFF-BROADWAY: Senses Askew Theatre Company: Act Without Words (original music). REGIONAL: The Alley Theatre: Ether Dome; Huntington Theatre Company: Bus Stop (original music and sound), The Atheist. EDUCATION: BA in Music from SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music; MFA in Sound Design from Boston University. Alex is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. 301.924.3400

JJ Kaczynski (Projections Designer) is an actor and graphic artist returning to Olney Theatre Center where he designed the projection plot for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. His work as a designer has been featured in productions at Round House Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Happenstance Theatre, Montgomery College, Perseverance Theatre, and OffBroadway at The New York Theatre Workshop. JJ is also a two-time Helen Hayes Award nominated performer who has been seen on the Olney Theatre Center stage in Triumph of Love, The Foreigner, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease and She Loves Me. He is currently a 2012 season company member at The Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania. JJ is a member of Actors’ Equity. Renee E. Yancey (Production Stage Manager) is happy to begin her seventh season stage managing at Olney Theatre Center! Recent Olney Theatre Center credits include Grease, Farragut North, Annie, The Savannah Disputation, Triumph of Love, and Bus Stop. Renee began her stage management career in Olney Theatre Center’s Internship Program as a stage management intern. She recently joined the Olney Theatre Center staff as Production Manager. DC AREA: The Studio Theatre: Stoop Stories (PSM), The Internationalist (PSM). EVENTS: 25th-27th Annual Helen Hayes Awards (ASM), AFI Silverdocs (SM). EDUCATION: BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas State UniversitySan Marcos. Renee is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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Olney Theatre Corporation Board of Directors President.............................................................. Jennifer L. Kneeland Vice President......................................................................Guy Tegler Treasurer.................................................................. Patricia Woodbury Secretary.....................................................................Anthony Morella Assistant Secretary.......................................................... Amy Marshall Chairman Emeritus............................................William H. Graham, Sr. President Emeritus.......................................................Gene Counihan

Board Members Phyllis Bottegal Frances H. Glendening John E. Going W. E. Gregory Robert E. Hebda Arthur Holmes Jeffrey Kaufman Stephen Kaufman Jim Kronzer


Megan Davey Limarzi Helen Marshall Nancy Nelson Ortiz James Petosa Sandeep Saggar Nicole T. Totah Daniel M. Wagner Halo Wines




Artistic/Production Artistic Director

Jim Petosa

Associate Artistic Directors

John Going, Halo Wines, Clay Hopper

Resident Musical Director

Christopher Youstra

Resident Set Designer James Kronzer Resident Costume Designer

Howard Vincent Kurtz

Resident Lighting Designer

Daniel MacLean Wagner

Production Manager

Renee E. Yancey

Company Manager

Mackenzie Douglas


Technical Director

Eric Knauss

Administration Managing Director

Amy Marshall

Finance Director

Pauline Mendo

Finance Office

Chyeslan Buso Nene Keita

Facilities Manager

Mark Quackenbush

Assistant to Managing Director Maureen Estrin Business Assistant

Michael Silard

Business Manager

Kynda Reid

IT Manager

Dean Marshall


Sales Director

Weldon C. Brown

Marketing Manager

Heather Latiri

Public Relations

RMR & Associates, Inc. Laura Myers

Assistant Technical Director

Jameson Shroyer

Graphic Designer

Master Electrician

R. S. Buck

Audio Engineer

Kristin Rizzo

Social Media & Marketing Associate Sonie Mathew

Scenic Charge

Betsy Muller

Patron Services Manager

Michael R. Burgtorf

Jeanne Bland

Rentals Coordinator

Dan Van Why

Box Office Manager

Henriette Mendo

Assistant Box Office Manager

Marie Henry

Costume Shop Supervisor Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor

Seth Gilbert

Show Staff Assistant Stage Manager

Box Office Supervisor Stephanie Boyle Will Richardson

Sound Board Operator Samantha Brewer Wardrobe

Rachael Erichsen


Kristin Campbell

Production Interns

Cara Barker Samantha Brewer Nicholas Broten Kristin Campbell Rachael Erichsen Ashleigh Millett Ryan Milosevich Christopher Mollen Fred T. Paul Elisabeth A. Ribar Will Richardson

House Managers

Gabe Charles, Cindy Collier, Lina Al Dajani, Seth Ghitelman, Brittany Graham, Joy Hugo, R. Wesley Meekins, Anna Perritt, Khris-Ann Small

Box Office Associates

Adisa Aboagye-Marfo, Arash Bahari, Shanna Chuenyane, Dvora Gautieri, Ashley Grant, Rachel Spory Harper, Leah Keilsohn, Anna Perritt, Joshua Rose, Barbara Scanlan, Amanda Spellman, Emily Townsend


Director of Development David Frankenberger, Jr. Development Assistant Maureen Estrin Development Associate Catherine Ichniowski Development Administrator

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts is a professional theater employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the U.S. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization representing the not-for-profit American theater; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington; the League of Washington Theatres; and the Baltimore Theatre Alliance.

National Players

Valerie Shipman


Clay Hopper

General Manager

Kevin Hasser

Education Associate

Michael R. Kelly

Jim Petosa, Artistic Director

Coming Soon... Sleuth Let the games begin! By Anthony Shaffer • Directed by Jim Petosa When a wealthy mystery novelist invites his wife’s lover to his elegant and isolated country estate, a bizarre game of cat and mouse begins, which spirals into a complex duel of wits and power plays

Jun 13 - Jul 8 Mainstage • Drama

Ebony, Ivory and Ink Great Songs, Great Singers and a Great Band Join us for an evening featuring DC-Area favorites Felicia Curry, George Dvorsky, JJ Kaczynski, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Chris Youstra as they bring the exciting and beloved music of George and Ira Gershwin, the Sherman Brothers, Scott Joplin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Billy Joel, Jason Robert Brown, Franz Schubert, Menken & Ashman, Elton John and other songwriters to the Olney Theatre Center stage!

All proceeds will go to Olney Theatre Center’s educational & outreach programs.

May 4 & 5

Mainstage • Tickets $20

Tickets & Performance Times: 301.924.3400 •

THE 39 STEPS Program Book  

Program book for Olney Theatre Center's production of THE 39 STEPS