The 39 Steps | 2013-2014 Season

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The 39 Steps

Oct 22 – Nov 17


Hitchcock meets hilarious as Englishman Richard Hannay encounters dastardly murders, double crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women in this fast-paced whodunit. Part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, four actors play over 150 characters in this ingeniously adapted homage to film noir and theatrical stagecraft. A runaway hit in London and on Broadway and the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Adaptor: Patrick Barlow, From the novel by John Buchan, From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Director: Sean Daniels
Scenic Designer: Michael Raiford
Costume Designer: Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Designer: Brian Lilienthal
Sound Designer: Matthew Callahan
Dramaturg: Jean Gordon Ryon

Run Time: 1 hr, 50 min, including intermission
Age Recommendation: 5+

Geva offers sign interpretation, audio description and open captioning at select performances. For a list of dates this season, please click here.





Richard Hannay

JOHN GREGORIO is delighted to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for The 39 Steps. Last season, he made his Mainstage debut in The Book Club Play as Will. Off Broadway credits include Around the World in 80 Days at The New Theater at 45th St., Silent Laughter at the Lamb’s Theatre, The Nuclear Family at the Belt, and 365 Days/365 Plays at the Public. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at North Shore Music Theatre, The Legend of Pecos Bill at Alliance Theatre, The Mystery of Irma Vep at Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. Television credits include “The Extended Family” (Sundance), Good Eats” (Food Network), “Smoking Gun TV “(Court TV).  Mr. Gregorio is a founding member of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta and the Nuclear Family in New York with whom he teaches and performs improvisation around the country. 


Clown #1

AARON MUÑOZ is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center after playing Alex last season in The Book Club Play. Favorite roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Michal in The Pillowman at Studio Theater, DC; Macduff in Macbeth at Nashville Shakespeare Festival; Pompey in Measure for Measure at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Ignatius in A Confederacy of Dunces for Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta. Other theatres include Northern Stage, About Face Theatre, & Shakespeare Festivals in Chicago, Colorado and Alabama. TV/Film credits include “The Walking Dead,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm,” Cadillac Records and CBGB. Mr. Muñoz holds a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago and a M.F.A from Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Love to Liz.


Clown #2

JOEL VAN LIEW makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The 39 Steps. Off-Broadway credits include From Up Here at MTC and Well at the Public Theater. Regional credits include The Ver**on Play at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England  for Two River Theater Co., The Pavilion at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Well at A.C.T., Pride and Prejudice  at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Visit and The Winter’s Tale  for Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble.  Other theatre credits include A Beautiful Child by Truman Capote at NY Fringe, The Bilbao Effect at AIA Center, Born of Conviction for White Bird Productions and Permanent Visitor for new georges.  Film credits include The Girl in the Book and A Birder’s Guide to Everything  Television credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “The 22,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Big C,” “Are We There Yet?” “White Collar,” and “Law & Order.” 



MONICA WEST is delighted to be performing at Geva Theatre Center, where she had the opportunity to see To Kill a Mockingbird, Antigone and A Christmas Carol as a kid. Regional credits include Lookingglass Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, NYS&F, Westport Country Playhouse, and George Street. New York credits include Roundabout, Barrow Street, 59E59 and Cherry Lane. Television credits include “Law and Order,” MTV’s “Underemployed” and “One Life to Live.” Ms. West originated the role of Baby in the North American Premiere of Dirty Dancing and she is one half of the comedic duo, MVPleez. Thank you to Pam, Jan, Phylis, and Mom–the women who nurtured me as a young performer and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Monica grew up in Honeoye Falls, NY.



SEAN DANIELS has previously directed The Book Club Play, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, BOB, All Your Questions Answered, The Race of the Ark Tattoo and Noodle Doodle Box at Geva.  He is also the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement.  He previously spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed a record 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta, Ga.  He has directed for The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.; St James Theatre in London; The Cleveland Play House; Alliance Theatre; Playmakers Rep; Swine Palace; Neo-Futurists; Aurora Theatre; Centerstage; Crowded Fire and the C Venue at Fringe in Edinburgh; and has developed work with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Baltic American Playwrights Conference (Hiiumaa, Estonia), Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Lark, PlayLabs, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Blank Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Magic Theatre, and others. Mr. Daniels has developed new plays with many delightful playwrights including: Two-time Tony Award- winners Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Book of Mormon); Pulitzer Prize Finalists Kristoffer Diaz & Steven Drukman; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Glee,” “Big Love,” Spiderman), and Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (though he was dead at the time, so we needed assistance from John Cleese and Michael Palin). He has been named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come,” and  “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine. He’s been named “Best Director” repeatedly in Atlanta and the Bay Area.


Scenic Designer

MICHAEL RAIFORD, a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play. He has designed 20 shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville including a dozen world premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other regional credits include Cleveland Play House; Central City Opera; Kansas City Rep; The Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Opera Boston, The New Victory Theatre in NYC, South Coast Rep. and Playmakers Rep. In Austin he designed The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project for Ballet Austin; Rigoletto for Austin Lyric; Tesla and Big Love for the Rude Mechanical’s; 20 years and 100 productions for Zach. Recent Favorites include Ragtime, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening and Hairspray. Currently projects at Zach include the Premier of Mad, Beat, Hip and Gone by Steven Dietz.  In addition, Mr. Raiford works as a Creative Consultant in many fields including Architecture, Advertising and yes, even Marching Band and Drum Corps (Artistic Director of The Academy).   He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for ten years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists.  To see more of his work visit:


Costume Designer

JENNIFER CAPRIO makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with The 39 Steps. Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway credits include In Transit at Primary Stages (Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs for Dreamlight Theatre Company, Masked at DR2 Theatre, Striking 12 at Daryl Roth Theatre, The Atheist at Center Stage, Wanda’s World for Amas Musical Theatre, Modern & Post-Modern Living for LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, and the upcoming Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage. Ms. Caprio has designed costumes for The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and International tours of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. Regional Credits include Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, La Jolla Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival Actors Theatre of Louisville Cleveland Play House, Westport Country Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Hangar Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, among others. Film/Television credits include “Born to Shine” (Art Director, Time Warner Cable); Oz: The Great and Powerful (Costume Assistant). Ms. Caprio earned her B.F.A. at Ithaca College and her M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.


Wig and Hair Designer

BETTIE O. ROGERS returns to Geva where she designed wigs for Five Course Love (2003 and 2010), Sweeney Todd, A Raisin in the Sun, 1776, and Cookin’ at the Cookery among many others.  Broadway credits for hair design include A View from the Bridge; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; One Mo’ Time; Riverdance on Broadway; Street Corner Symphony; Swinging on a Star, and the Off-Broadway production of Five Course Love. As a wigmaker/hair designer, her credits extend beyond 100 productions in theatre, TV, and film.   Currently, Ms. Rogers is in her eighth season as the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” for which she’s received three Emmy Awards (2008, 2012, 2013) for a total of six nominations.


Lighting Designer

BRIAN LILIENTHAL made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play. New York credits include La Mama ETC, Cherry Lane and 29th Street Rep. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville (over 60 productions as Resident Designer), Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theatre Co, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Arden Theatre Co, Merrimack Rep, Trinity Rep, The Kennedy Center, Theatre @ Boston Court, Perishable Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, New Paradise Labs, amongst many.    Mr. Lilienthal has designed lighting for operas at Opera Bard Summerscape, Long Beach Opera and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.  He has spent six summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center as a resident lighting designer (where he worked on The Book Club Play).  He is the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award (LA) for lighting design.  Mr. Lilienthal holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.  He is currently teaching lighting design at Tufts University.  The 39 Steps marks his thirteenth collaboration with director Sean Daniels.


Sound Designer

MATT CALLAHAN made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play. He Served as the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for seven seasons (2004-2011) and for more than 50 productions, including the world premieres of Bob, Elemeno Pea, Ground, Sirens, Wild Blessings, The Hard Weather Boating Party, Slasher, The End, Rock and Roll – The Reunion Tour, Dark Play – stories for boys, Great Falls, This Beautiful City, The Scene, The Unseen, Six Years, Pure Confidence and Hazard County. Recent regional credits include Animal Crackers at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Pavilion at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Good People, Mrs. Mannerly, Ghost Writer at Ensemble Theatre Company,  as well as designing productions at Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep., St. Louis Rep., Arizona Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut St. Theatre, Prince Music Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage and Studio. He served as the Resident Sound Designer for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2008 and 2009.



JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The Book Club Play and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars, The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage, Juno and the Peacock, Da, Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Waiting for Godot, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, The Hostage, Love in the Title, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dublin Carol, and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Irish Players, and Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for RCP’s Shakespeare Players. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors. 


Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva Theatre Center since first joining the company after it moved into the then newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Previous productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Book Club Play, Freud’s Last Session Superior Donuts, Anything Goes, Vigil, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, 5 Guys Named Moe (twice), Golf With Alan Shepherd, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, several world premiers for the Reflections New Plays Festival and  the occasional A Christmas Carol. He has also stage managed at several other regional theaters, was the production manager for the Rochester Childrens’ Theatre at Nazareth College and has toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show …About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers.

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