Cast announced for Stage 212’s mystery thriller “The 39 Steps”

LA SALLE - Stage 212 will hit the ground running in 2018 with “The 39 Steps,” the first production of their 50th anniversary season. A fast-paced, often hilariously irreverent, mystery thriller, “The 39 Steps” is adapted by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan’s groundbreaking novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film.

A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances – over 150 characters played by four actors - and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” promises an unforgettable theater experience.

Featured in the cast are Joe Peshel as Richard Hannay, Zoë Peshel as Annabella/Margaret/Pamela, Adam Oldaker as Clown #1 and Pietro Alfano as Clown #2.

The production staff includes director Scot Smigel, co-producers Tracy Daugherty and Maggie Fitzsimmons Frost, set designer and construction coordinator John Fanning, costume coordinator Tyler Reviglio, prop coordinator Maryhelen Bidasio, scenic designer/painter and set decorator Glen Gerrard, dialect coach Alex Dittmer, lighting designer Yvette Lucas, light operator Christin Mitchell, sound designer Kyle Foley, sound designer/operator Andrew Paden, spotlight operator Mary Toraason, stagehand/set decorator John Fisher, and stagehands Gabrielle Clover, Andrew Beer and Aliyah Thorson.

“The 39 Steps” will be presented Feb. 16-18 and 23-25 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be available for $15 each beginning Feb. 5 at the box office, Monday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–noon or by calling (815) 224-3025 during the same hours. Tickets may also be purchased online at

“The 39 Steps” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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