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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Geneseo man featured in Playcrafters' production

  • Playcrafters Barn Theatre's next production will be “The 39 Steps” a comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow. The show runs Sept. 7-9 and 20-22 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays evenings and matinees at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
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  • Playcrafters Barn Theatre's next production will be "The 39 Steps" a comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow. The show runs Sept. 7-9 and 20-22 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays evenings and matinees at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
    The play's concept calls for the entirety of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 British thriller film of the same name to be played onstage with a cast of only four actors (Playcrafters' production utilizes five.)
    In "The 39 Steps," a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered.
    Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt. Along the way more than 140 characters are introduced as the action shifts from a London music hall and apartment, to a train, the moors of Scotland, a farmhouse, a palatial manor, a police station, a bed-and-breakfast and a multitude of other stops, culminating in a "death-defying finale."
    Tom Morrow of Rock Island directs the play. Cast members include Jonathan Grafft of Geneseo; Lee VanWinkle and Jason Platt, both of Moline; and Jim Driscoll and Ed Villareal, both of Davenport, Iowa.
    The production staff includes stage manager Megan Elliott and co-producer Lisa Kahn, both of Milan; co-producer Connie Donis, set builder Craig Cohoon, sound co-designer Sara Laufer, projection designer and sound co-designer John Weigandt and crew member Jack Frazer, all of Moline; crew member Madison DePoorter of East Moline; props chief Jacque Wamer of Davenport ; light designer Jennifer Kingry and crew member Sandy Glass-Bailey, both of Geneseo; and costumer Liz Paxton of Port Byron.
    Tickets for the show can be reserved by phoning Playcrafters at (309) 762-0330 or by visiting www.playcrafters.com.

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