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The 39 Steps welcomes December talk back guests






Award-winning comedy continues to donate $5 for every ticket sold using code TNCALLING9 to the

Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade

“The new four person cast has enlivened the show with their own brand of zaniness.  Editor’s Pick!”

New York Magazine

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS welcomes additional guests for special talk backs in December following the performance.

On Wednesday, December 8 – comedians MEL & EL will join the cast for a discussion about the comedy styles in this loving Hitchcock send up.  The following guest will be Hitchcock author and screenwriter STEVEN DEROSA (Wednesday, December 15) for a discussion about the film style of Alfred Hitchcock.  $39 tickets are available for the talk back performances.

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) through January 16, 2011.  Through January 2, 2011, $5 will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Research for every ticket sold using the code TNCALLING9.

Talk Back Bios:

MEL & EL – December 8

MEL & EL are Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin – real life best friends who have known each other since they were 12 years old. Described as a musical Laverne & Shirley meets Sex & the City, MEL & EL are a riotously funny duo who have quickly become an NYC cult phenomenon.  Their critically acclaimed show – Mel & El: This Show Rhymes – was developed in conjunction with Cannery Works and enjoyed a year-long run at The Duplex in NYC’s West Village. Their next show, Mel & El: Show & Tell, developed in part at New York Stage & Film, premiered at Ars Nova to rave reviews. Mel & El: Gay Married headlined Comix and culminated in the pair being chosen as one of the Village Voice’s Best of NYC. The ladies released their debut musical comedy album, Mel & El: She’s My Bitch at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater which is available on iTunes.   Mel & El can be seen live in Mel & El: Our Time Of The Month at Comix on the first Thursday of every month. They are currently shooting a web series titled The Mel & El Show which will premiere in early 2011.

STEVEN DEROSA – December 15

Steven DeRosa is a screenwriter and the author of several books including Writing with Hitchcock, which is currently being developed into motion picture. He has lectured on screenwriting and film at NYU’s Hitchcock Centennial Conference, The American Museum of the Moving Image, Film Forum, and New School University, and has been a contributing writer to the Writers Guild of America Awards. In addition to writing, Steven can be seen on-screen in the feature length documentary, The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style, available on Warner Home Video’s 50th Anniversary Blu-ray of North by Northwest, as well as in featurettes on Paramount’s DVD release of To Catch a Thief.  You can join his Writing with Hitchcock Facebook community at facebook.com/writingwithhitch

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

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 thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.

The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret.  The production also features Greg Jackson and Elizabeth Davis.

Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes.  Production stage manager is M. William Shiner.


Tickets ($89.50 – 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.  Student rush is available for $26.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 3:00PM.  39 tickets are available for $39 for both Wednesday & Thursday evening performances. Through January 2, $5 will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Research for every ticket sold using the code TNCALLING9.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times re-visited the show and raved about it here: NewYorkTimesreview

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