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Hyper-Speed Whodunit Offers Tongue-in-Cheek Salute to The Master of Suspense
With Four Actors Playing More Than 140 Characters

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – July 12, 2011 – Heritage Theatre Festival audiences are about to get a look at the play that just might have Sir Alfred Hitchcock rolling in his grave…with laughter.

The 39 Steps is a hyper-speed whodunit that offers a playful nod to some of Hitchcock’s most classic films while weaving its own rollercoaster ride of a mystery, complete with wild chases, narrow escapes, femme fatales and much more. Four actors play more than 140 characters in this hyper-speed whodunit that combines the intrigue of classic mystery with supreme silliness. It’s Sir Alfred, as seen through the twisted prism of Monty Python!

The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, will be presented from July 21-23 and on August 2 and 5. There will be a matinee performance on July 23 at 2:00 p.m. The show is directed by John Paul Scheidler, well known to Heritage audiences as one of the stars of the popular “Tuna” series and fresh off a starring role in this summer’s Heritage production of Boeing, Boeing.

Tickets for the show are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors (60+) and U.Va. faculty and staff and $15 for students. Season and single show tickets are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in the Drama Building, online at www.uvahtf.org or by calling 434-924-3376.

The 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival season will conclude with the sweet romantic musical She Loves Me, opening July 28.

For complete ticket and schedule information or to order your tickets today, visit www.uvahtf.org or call the box office at 434-924-3376.

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Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist
John Kelly
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