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Rep Stage Closes Season with Fast-Paced Comedy “The 39 Steps”

Production Runs May 2–19, 2019, at Howard Community College’s Horowitz Center
39 Steps artwork.

Update: Positive reviews have appeared in Broadway World, DC Theatre Scene, DC Metro Theater Arts, and MD Theatre Guide. You can also see stills from the production.

Columbia, MD – Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), closes its 26th season with “The 39 Steps,” a comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan. Based on the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, this fast-paced spoof of the classic 1935 film is a joy for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, this production of the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy is packed with nonstop adventure and a multitude of characters played by a cast of four. The brilliantly madcap story follows the dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of “The 39 Steps,” all the while trying to clear his name. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

“The 39 Steps” is licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

“The 39 Steps” opens May 2, 2019, with a limited run through May 19 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. There will be post-show discussions on May 5 and 17. Rep Stage will also hold a pre-show lecture prior to the 2 p.m. performance on May 18.

Tickets are $40 for general admission, $35 for seniors and the military, and $15 for students with a current ID. Thursdays are $10 performances. For tickets and additional information, visit or call the box office at 443-518-1500.

The press performance is Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. For press reservations, contact Zheyan Damavandi in the Rep Stage office at 443-518-1510 or email

Robbie Gay*: Richard Hannay
Kathryn Tkel*: Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret
Michael Wood*: Clown 1
Noah Israel**: Clown 2

Adapted by: Patrick Barlow
Directed by: Joseph W. Ritschv
Set Design: James Fouchard++
Lighting Design: Conor Mulligan++
Sound Design: Sarah O’Halloran
Costume Design: Joan Mather
Properties Design: Jason Dearing
Dialect Coach: Teresa Spencer
Stage Manager: Josie R. Felt*
Assistant Stage Manager: Amanda Reandeau**

* Members Actor’s Equity Association
** Equity Membership Candidate
++ Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE
vMember of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 26th season. Led by Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage produces engaging and evocative contemporary American classics and new works. Rep Stage is dedicated to collaborating with regional artists in its commitment to bringing richly diverse work to audiences. Recognized as a professional Washington, DC metropolitan area theatre company by Theatre Washington, Rep Stage has a proud history of Helen Hayes Award-winning productions and nominations. The theatre is a member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Howard County and Maryland state governments, and generous individual donors.

Topics: Arts & Culture
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