Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Repertory Philippines to do Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

After the success of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Repertory Philippines ventures to Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps film that was based from the 1915 novel of John Buchan entitled The Thirty-nine Steps. Patrick Barlow re-wrote the story and made a theater version of it making it more hilarious from the movie, where four actors will take the role of 140 characters in the whole play. The Rep Philippines Presentation of The 39 Steps in Onstage Greenbelt 1 in Makati City on March 4-20 includes actors Michael Williams, Rem Zamora, Juliene Mendoza and Liza Infante. Ana Abad Santos directs the play.


The farce follows the journey of Richard Hannay who was caught up on murder and runs away from the authority who hunts him down. On his quest he met Annabella Schmidt who revealed him that she is a spy and someone plans to kill her. Hannay brought him home but in following day he found the dead body of Annabella behind her stabbed by bread knife. He continue to run and hides from the authority who thought he was the murderer and on his escape he continue to meet beautiful women and hides in different disguises.

Doing a Hitchcock for a play is very ambitious, but according to the director Ana Abad Santos she mentioned that the story is something that most of the theater aficionados will enjoy because of the humor. The Repertory Philippines’ presentation of The 39 Steps is also a play where talented actors join together, like Michael Williams who was the person behind the founding of Theater Down South, he also directs the presentation of Master Class and Sweeney Todd here in the Philippines. While Liza Infante who returns to the center stage did Once Upon a Mattress, Carousel and South Pacific in Rep Phils. As for Rem Zamora who bagged the Judas Escariot role in Rep Phil’s presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar, Dr. Beau in Skin Deep, he is also stars in Rep’s original play entitled Miong. Lastly Juliene Mendoza, a Nestor Torre student and became part of Dulaang UP and numerous theater group in Manila became the lead star in the Insular Life Musicale “A Journey in C Major” and became QTV Channel 11 channel voice in 2010.

The 39 Steps is presented with a special arrangement of Samuel French Limited. It is open to all ages, both Hitchcock fan and not who just want to have a good laugh. This is the second play that Repertory Philippines for this season after the Joy Luck Club. The play will run in all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of March, from March 4-20 with shows on Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3:30PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3:30PM at Onstage Greenbelt 1 in Makati City. For tickets and other information about the Repertory Philippines please call 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or For more updates on Repertory Philippines visit and Rep Phils on Facebook.

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