November 13, 2014
Track Road Theatre (TRT) will bring to the stage "The 39 Steps" which is based on a Hitchcock movie that was based on a novel of the same name.
"The 39 Steps" directed by Althea Gibson follows the misadventures of Canadian Richard Hannay as he gets tangled in the world of international espionage while avoiding arrest for a murder he did not commit.
Set in the United Kingdom during the 1930s the play is fast paced, off the wall, and will "tickle" the funny bone. The play will be staged November 20-22 at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
The comedic drama will feature the extraordinary talents of four individuals who are no strangers to film, television or theater -- Glenn Sherman Jr., Leslie Ellis-Tynes, Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna. The two male/two female cast it is expected will provide an array of colorful characters throughout the entire story as protagonist Richard Hannay, played by Sherman, attempts to clear his name.
Both Sherman and Deal in fact, have made a name for themselves with local audiences as members of Collage Entertainment, known for their hilarious online parodies, the "Hello Monday" and "Stop Likin' Man" web series.
Playing opposite Sherman as his "multiple" love interest is Leslie Ellis-Tynes, who describes theater as her greatest love of all the performing arts. She dives into this multi-layered role in "The 39 Steps" fresh from gracing The Dundas stage in September, with a three-weekend performance of the 33rd annual "Summer Madness Revue" by James Catalyn & Friends theater troupe in Nassau and Abaco. This would mark Ellis-Tynes' fifth production with that group, and second performance of 2014 before a live audience following a role in The Bahamas Artist Movement's revival of "The Vagina Monologues." Her passion for stage performance has also taken her to work previously with director Clarence Rolle, Track Road Theatre and Ringplay Production's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the 2nd annual Shakespeare In Paradise festival.
Within the story of "The 39 Steps", audiences will witness the metamorphosis of characters, in particular, the roles held by two individuals -- Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna.
Deal takes on the commanding and the meek at the same time and will have audiences wanting more in his stage performance.
With an affinity for both stage and camera, Deal has made appearances in various media productions and was featured in a music video for "The Voice" singer Judith Hill. This professional tennis player is easily recognized as a result of his role in the Internet series, "North of Little Nowhere," after having risen to popularity from the Collage Entertainment's array of online comedies and parodies.
Like her theater counterpart that delves into various transformations throughout the play, Hanna is enjoying her first season as a multi-faceted character in "The 39 Steps." She has participated in the final season of the Bahamian variety and sketch comedy show "Da Spot," as well as a few minor roles in prior years.
The play has won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007 and the What's On Stage Award for Best Comedy 2007.
The 2008 Roundabout Broadway production won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Adams). It won two Tony Awards on June 15, 2008 for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It was nominated for four other Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Maria Aitken), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh)."
Track Road Theatre
presents "The 39 Steps"
When: November 20-23
Where: The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street
Thursday, November 20 - gala at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 21 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Recommended for everyone|1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission.
Tickets: $75 gala night performance, all other days $30 adults, $25 students with identification; discount tickets for groups of 10 or more.
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