We sat down with Kate Goehring to talk about her incredible one-woman performance in Underneath the Lintel or The Mystery of the Abandoned Trousers. Watch the video below to get her insight on the story and a preview of her performance:
by Bryan Conger, Triad Stage Artistic Associate & Dramaturg for Underneath the Lintel
Glen Berger is an American playwright and Virginia native. Born into a Jewish family, he turned away from Judaism after bar mitzvah age. It was through klezmer music that he eventually rediscovered his faith as an adult. He says, “It was the thing I had been distancing myself from. I realized if I have issues with Judaism from a purely religious standpoint, maybe esthetically on a deep level I can come in the back door again.” It was also in that music that he found the beginnings of Underneath the Lintel.
Did you know? That Mayflies have a lifespan of only one day? It makes this cartoon make sense!
The 39 Steps features a cast of four playing a nearly uncountable number of characters. The bulk of those characters are portrayed by two “clowns.” And by clowns, we mean the extraordinarily talented actors and wonderful humans Sal Cacciato and Andy Paterson.
This show is the Triad Stage debut for each of them, and we’re very happy to have gotten to know them. This awesome duo brings so much energy and hilarity to every performance. You should get to know them, too:
Would you recognize a miracle if you saw one?
“Featuring four actors, 150 characters, and lots of hilarity, The 39 Steps is a high energy farce that will keep audiences in stitches from beginning to end.”
“A hilarious romp through a spy novel, The 39 Steps, directed by Jen Wineman, combines a light plot of murderous mystery with the creativity of improv and the oh-so-appreciated ‘simple’ humor of an ‘SNL’ skit.”
I don’t like small plays. The economics of making theater in America force playwrights to create smaller and smaller stories to appeal to companies consistently strapped for cash. And the end result is often a kind of sit-com theater that would be more at home on the television screen.
The classics of the theater sprawled across the stage, creating worlds of imagination with huge casts and enormous theatricality. Of course few theaters can afford the kind of cast sizes of Shakespeare or the golden age of Broadway.
Our production crew is busy loading in the set for Underneath the Lintel or The Mystery of the Abandoned Trousers at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem this week.
Come see what the final set looks like! The show will be up and running Sept. 17 – Oct. 5, 2014. Get your tickets here.
A few weeks ago, a cardboard Alfred Hitchcock showed up in the Triad Stage office. After his eerie presence stopped startling everyone (including our unsuspecting stage manager working alone — or so she thought — in the office one night), we grew to love him and nicknamed him Alfie.
Since then, he’s been out and about among the people of Greensboro, shamelessly promoting The 39 Steps. Why’s he so invested? Because the play is an adaptation of his 1935 film, which itself was an adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 classic spy novel. The play version of The 39 Steps is a little film noir, a little Monty Python, and completely ridiculous in the best possible way. We know Alfie looks serious, but he has a fun side, too.