Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit. The suave, yet bored, Richard Hannay eyes a mysterious woman at the theater, but returns to his London townhome…where the woman turns updead. With no more than that, he finds himself on the run as a mysterious spy organization alternately pursues and is pursued by him, from London to Scotland and back, as he fights to clear himself of the murder. Along the way, he is hindered and helped by the beautiful, upstanding Pamela who, despite her best efforts, ends up shackled, literally to a man she thinks is a murderer. Meanwhile, the police and the mysterious spy organization are closing in on Richard.
Actor, director, costumer and educator, Patrick Lathrop, will direct this play. His other role is that of the Coaster’s Executive Director, a position he accepted during the past year. Previously he was education director of the theatre for 3 ½ years.