The Main Street Players will present an evening of thrills and suspense with Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry, at 6:30 pm Friday November 7, 2014 at Newberry’s in Alliance .
The play consists of three acts, each based on an early Alfred Hitchcock movie. The plays will be performed live in the style of a 1940’s radio show, complete with live sound effects and music. While some sound effects will be taped, most will be produced right in front of the audience, using classic radio techniques.
In addition to the show,the evening will include complementary hors d’oeurvres and desserts and the bar will be open for drink purchases.
The first act is based on the book The Lodger, which was also the basis for a 1927 silent movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of Ellen and Robert, a couple in London struggling to survive. Just in the nick of time, a lodger appears and they are thrilled to rent out a room in their home to the mysterious Mr. Sleuth, despite his odd, secretive behavior. The added income allows them to bring home their pretty, blond daughter – a daughter who bears a striking resemblance to the victims of a series of recent murders in London by a killer known as “The Avenger.” The suspense builds as the couple, and the audience, realize who the Avenger must be, and wonder who will be his next victim…
Act II is based on Sabotage, which Hitchcock directed in 1936. The movie in turn was loosely based on the novel The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad (best known for Heart Of Darkness). Verloc, an immigrant to England, runs a cinema with his American wife, Winnie, and her young brother, Stevie. They eak out a living but times are tough, so when Verloc is approached by a fellow-countryman to help strike fear into the hearts of Londoners by sabotaging key infrastructure, he agrees – he doesn’t like violence but needs the money. Things go terribly awry, however, as he realizes he is being investigated by an agent from Scotland Yard and must recruit an unknowing innocent to complete his plans – with far-reaching consequences for all involved.
The third and final act features “The 39 Steps,” a 1935 Hitchcock thriller about Robert Hannay, a man who is forced on the run for a murder he didn’t commit. His only hope to clear his name is to track down a foreign spy master who is trying to smuggle important air ministry secrets out of England. With both Scotland Yard and the foreign spies, he keeps crossing paths with Pamela, a woman who does her best to turn him over to the police, until she ends up being hunted as well. Will the two figure out the secret of the 39 steps and save the state secrets before time runs out?
The play is directed by Elaine Connelly Bleisch; cast members include: Jason Wentworth, Angela O’Leary, Kalin Krohe, Shawn Weibert, Meagan Shrewsbury, Kent Bleisch, Elora Bleisch, William Graham, Caitlin Obershaw, Emma Penkava, Tristan Bleisch, and John Forsee. Each actor will play numerous parts.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, from cast members, or at the Alliance Chamber of Commerce.
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