The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

Director: Ann Megna

The 39 Steps written by Patrick Barlow was adapted from a 1915 play by John Buchan and a 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.

This comedy-parody won the Olivier Award for best Comedy in 2007 and the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2008.

Nominated for four other Tony Awards, this off-beat spy story is played mainly for laughs in the style of Monty Python with a script full of allusions to and puns on the titles of past Alfred Hitchcock films like Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

The plot centers around Richard Hannay meeting spy Annabella Schmidt who is stabbed with a bread knife by the leader of an espionage organization called “The 39 Steps”. This quirky theatrical experience is a laugh a minute.

Director’s Bio

Ann Megna

Ann Megna studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Folger Shakespeare Theater, Catholic University, and performed at Second City with The Players Workshop.

Ann has appeared at theaters in the Chicago area including the Irish Heritage Players, the Summer Place Theater, the Baliwick Theater, the Theater of Western Springs and local dinner theaters in the Washington, D C. area prior to her time in Chicago.

In addition to teaching improvisational theater and acting, some of her personal acting credits include Gillian in To Gillian On Her 37thBirthday, Kate in The Lost Years at the Little Theater in Alexandria Virginia, Sharon in Finnian’s Rainbow, Norah in Auntie Mame, Arabelle in The Barretts of Wimpole Street and Sally inLloyd George Knew My Father, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Nina in The Bobby Darin Story, Mrs. Demoulin in Human Wishes and Bim in What Where.

Ann has traveled with the Children’s Theater Group, acted in film and television, and has done commercial voice over work.

Ann joined The Marco Players Theater last season as Stage Manager for Visiting Mr. Green.

Ann’s philosophy is that an actor should be knowledgeable in all aspects of theater. She has worked in all areas of theater from directing to set construction.

A recent transplant from Illinois, Dr. Megna is a psychotherapist and hopes to open a private practice in the Marco area in the near future.

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