September 10–November 8
A man with a boring life finds himself pursued by a mysterious organization known only as the ‘39 Steps’. Soon after, a woman he just met is murdered in his apartment. The 39 Steps features an onstage plane crash, a chase on top of moving train cars, some old-fashioned romance and, of course, non-stop laughs.
Now, about the Oregon Cabaret Theatre production: it’s a winner – a non-stop, antic, hilarious, comedic romp. In the words of the woman, who was seated next to me at Friday evening’s performance, who knows a thing or two about theater [to be clear and avoid being taken too literally, THAT’S an understatement], the OCT production of The 39 Steps is “a tour de force of wonderful acting, and great stagecraft.
These two [Stephen Kline & Justin Waggle] were exceptional finds for Cabaret, both getting an electric beginning to what I hope will be many appearances for Cabaret audiences.
Waggle... was not only on the spot for all the costume changes, changes in voice and accent and in scenes. But on opening night when a few things went wrong — a fabric banner fell — he jumped in with a fix and a joke. Kline, a former theater professor who's been on stage recently at Camelot Theater and other theaters kept right up and is most memorable as, well, as Mr. Memory.
The acting is strong throughout. Stadelman and Worley are spot-on as the man and woman whose instant antipathy to each other tell us they’ll fall in love.
Stadelman is delightfully arch and impressively athletic as he goes through all the antics of a stiff-upper-lip British hero.
About the Show
Part Hitchcock masterpiece, part spy novel, part over-the-top comedy, the two-time Tony®-winning 39 Steps is a fast paced whodunit that features more than 150 characters, all played by a talented ensemble of four.
The 39 Steps has no nudity, profanity, or any strong adult content. There is mild exaggerated stage violence and a loud gunshot. Were it a movie, it would likely be rated PG.
John has been acting, writing, and directing around the Rogue Valley long enough now to accept the term “veteran perfomer” with relative equanimity. As an actor, he has worked locally with O.S.F., the Rogue Music Theatre, and O.C.T. As a director, he’s helmed everything from Ashland High School’s The Music Man to Juneau Civic Light Opera’s production of Candide. John has also appeared in Portland at the Portland Repertory Theatre, in Sacramento with "MusicCircus", and in the Bay area with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. and Center Rep. Favorite roles include 'David' in Voice of the Prairie, 'Mark Dolson' in Mass Appeal, and 'Jerry' in The Holiday Broadcast of 1943 (which he also wrote).
Previous OCT productions include What A Glorious Feeling, Let's Misbehave, and The Winter Wonderettes. Other Oregon credits include: It's a Wonderful Life, BOOM!, The Great Gatsby and Ordinary Days. Katie is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Some PCPA credits include: Our Town, Much Ado About Nothing, Hairspray, and Guys and Dolls. Katie has also preformed over 20 shows with The Great American Melodrama. TGAM is also where she met her incredible husband, Andrew. Katie would like to thank Jim Giancarlo being the first to welcome her to the OCT family.
This is Justin's first time working at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre but he has had the pleasure of working with Rick Robinson and Valerie Rachelle in many productions: Lockstock in Urinetown, Kenickie in Grease, and Scaramouche in Scaramouche Jones among others. When he's not acting, directing or producing, he spends most of his free time in Los Angeles working on martial arts and board games. Some time in the near future he may go back in time to father Stephen Kline. If you see Stephen fading in and out like Marty from Back to the Future, it's because you're not clapping loud enough.
Stephen is thrilled to be a part of his first production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He was last seen playing the character Artie in the Camelot Theatre Company’s production of Sunset Boulevard. Stephen was a Theatre Professor and Director of children's theatre productions. He had the opportunity to play Lee and Austin from two different productions of (True West). Other credits include; Alan in God of Carnage, Jean in Miss Julie, Ben Braddock in The Graduate, and Hamlet in Hamlet. Some musical theatre credits include: Jamie in The Last Five Years, Eddie in Blood Brothers, and Tony in West Side Story. He would like to thank his wife Madison and his family for their support.