March 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Price Description: Thur.-$20, Fri.-$25, Sat.-$27, Sun.-$23. $3 Active Military, Student & Senior Discount & Great Group Rates.
Coronado Playhouse Box Office


March 24 – April 23, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm Sunday @2pm

Please be aware that there is no performance on Easter Sunday, April 16. We are adding a 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 15.

Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
Based on the novel by John Buchan

Director Desha Crownover

Winner of Olivier and What’s On Stage awards for Best Comedy

Hitchcock meets Hilarious in this award-winning stage adaptation of The Master of Suspense‘s murderous classic thriller. Director Desha Crownover (Seussical) makes a welcome return to Coronado Playhouse to bring you this multi-award winning, ingenious and entertaining theatrical extravaganza.

4 actors, 139 characters and 100 hilarious minutes await you when you journey back to 1930’s Britain and meet our hero, the painfully English (and painfully handsome) Richard Hannay.

Watching a Music Hall performance by ‘Mr. Memory’ – an act that shows a man’s incredible photographic memory – Mr. Hannay hears off-stage shots being fired. In the terror and confusion that ensues, he finds himself in the clutches of a beautiful woman, Anabella Schmidt, who later reveals herself as a spy. Anabella lets Hannay in on a plot she has uncovered called ’39 Steps.’ The very next day he finds her dead and so disguised as a milkman (obviously), Hannay escapes London and flees to Scotland. Then the real adventure begins.

The 39 Steps ran in London’s West End for 9 years, the 5th longest-running play in the history of London theatre. It ran for 771 performances on Broadway, winning both Tony and Drama Desk Critics awards. It has been translated into over 20 languages with performances running all over the world.

“Ingenuous! A dizzy delight!” – Daily News
“Riotous…marvelous!” – The New York Post
“Rollicking Fun! Hugely Entertaining!” – Sunday Times
“A wonderful triumph of theatre!” – BBC Radio 4

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Meet the Cast

  • Michael Lundy – Richard Hannay
  • Erica Marie Weisz – Annabella/Pamela/Margaret
  • Jacob Sampson – Clown #1
  • Russell Clements – Clown #2

The Playbill

The program is available here: The 39 Stpes Program FINAL


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Cast Bios

Michael LundyMICHAEL LUNDY (Richard Hannay) Michael is delighted to be part of The 39 Steps here at Coronado Playhouse! Michael has performed Off-Broadway and in theatres around the country. In San Diego, he recently appeared in two plays at Diversionary Theatre, and in a well-received production of The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre. Favorite regional credits include Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Paul Bratter in Barefoot In The Park. He has appeared in several independent films and commercials, and he recently shot two episodes for a web series called Pipe Dreams. Fun “survival jobs” have included being a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood and talking about Hyundai vehicles around the country at the auto show. Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael is thankful to everyone involved with The 39 Steps, friends and family for love and support, and Morty. Enjoy the show!

Erica Marie WeiszERICA MARIE WEISZ (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret) A San Diego native, Erica Marie has retained roles in theaters including Huntington Beach Playhouse, Old Town Temecula Theatre, Performance Riverside, Moonlight Amphitheatre, The Welk Resort Theatre, and is ecstatic to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut! Credits include Addams Family (Morticia), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Gypsy (Louise), Little Women (Jo), Hello Dolly (Irene), 25th Annual….Spelling Bee (Marcy and Olive), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Lois), and Grease (Rizzo). When she is not performing, Erica Marie enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends, and is an avid dachshund and bird enthusiast. “Thank you to my incredible family and friends for all the love and constant support!”

Jacob SampsonJACOB SAMPSON (Clown #1) Jacob is happy to return to the Coronado Playhouse after last seasons Seussical. He was raised in San Diego and then moved away to do some theater in NYC where there is snow so he moved back. He currently works building furniture and props for plays. Thank you for supporting the arts. Enjoy the show.

Russell ClementsRUSSELL CLEMENTS (Clown #2) Russell is ecstatic to be making his debut at the Coronado Playhouse! He is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene with a Degree in Theatre and a minor in History. Past roles include Panch (Spelling Bee), Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) (YAT), Derrick (Know More!), Pappy (And Then They Came for Me), Faustus (Tragical History of Dr. Faustus), Bishop (See How They Run), Russell (Shakespeare Abridged), Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors) and Tartuffe (Tartuffe) (Salomon Theater, PLNU). Russell would like to thank his family for their constant support! Phil 4:4

Creative Team

Desha Crownover 11DESHA CROWNOVER (Director) is an award-winning stage director with over 75 shows to her name, ranging from intimate black-box style plays to fully-staged musicals for audiences of over 800. She has had the opportunity to direct, teach, and perform across the country for the past twenty-five years where her work has been commended by such theatre notables as Edward Albee, Ming Cho Lee, and Timothy Near. She holds a Master’s degree in Theatre from SDSU and a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performing from UCSD. She has served on the teaching faculty of SDSU, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian Schools teaching music, acting, theatre history, public speaking, and speech and debate. Her work as a playwright has been produced at UCSD, SDSU, and Santa Fe Christian Schools, as well.

KATY SKYRUD (Producer) is delighted to be working once again with Desha after collaborating on last year’s production of Seussical. Katy has co-produced with fellow board member Barron Henzel on many award-winning productions at CPH such as The IT Girl, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Sherlock Holmes, TBLWIT, and Sugar. Other Producer credits at CPH include Sleeping Beauty, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem and A Year With Frog and Toad. She would like to thank her family for always being such good sports.

MEGAN BARAHURA (Stage Manager)

KATHY PARKS (Production Stage Manager) Kathy Parks has worked backstage on many shows with Coronado Playhouse, Pickwick Players and Trinity Theatre Company. She is delighted to be working with such a talented and funny cast and crew. Much gratitude to Megan Barahura for making her job on this show so easy!

VANESSA DINNING (Dialect Coach) Professionally trained in acting, voice and music in London, Vanessa pursued a successful stage, TV and radio career in acting, direction, cabaret, voice and dialect working at The Royal National Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, drama schools and touring. Moving to San Diego in 2007, she became Artistic Director of SDSS, producing and directing performances and outreach programs. She has worked with North Coast Rep, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Write Out Loud, Cygnet, Moonlight Stage Productions, Welk Resorts Theatre, Vanguard and San Diego Symphony as an actor, director, singer, and voice & dialect coach. Vanessa sings with Folklore Guild and SACRA/PROFANA and maintains a private voice teaching studio. She serves on the board of Coronado Playhouse and is their Director of Artistic Planning & Marketing.

MICHAEL COOK (Sound Design & Tech)

JULIAN SINK (Lighting Design & Tech) Julian comes to The 39 Steps ​ after assisting Chad Oakley in light design for A Chorus L​ine and Altar Boyz at Coronado Playhouse. You can catch his work next doing sound designing for Heathers: The Musical and Spring Awake​ning both at Onstage Playhouse. Some of his previous works are sound tech for Always…Patsy​ Cline and B​uddy at Onstage Playhouse, and Sordid Lives ​and Sue​ssical at Coronado Playhouse.

KINSEY FORTSON (Lighting & Tech)

CHAD OAKLEY (Lighting Consultant)


JACOB SAMSON (Set Design & co-Props)
See actor bio

MARCEE DRYSDALE (Costume Design) is the Head Costumer at Young Actors Theatre. Her costume credits include Sugar, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Seussical at Coronado Playhouse. Fiddler on the Roof, Spring Awakening, Addams Family, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Aladdin, Legally Blonde, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Oliver, Guys & Dolls, Footloose, Hairspray and Ragtime, in Concert at Young Actors Theatre. She also costumes shows at San Diego area high schools and those credits include Alice in Wonderland, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, High School Musical, Zombie Prom and Xanadu. She handles all costume rentals at YAT and can be reached at Costumes by Marcene@gmail.com

Show Events

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate open nights at Coronado Playhouse!

You’re a loyal supporter of The Community’s Theatre and we want to show our appreciation. Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production. Mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30pm
The Winn Room at Coronado Public Library
Screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Join our director, Desha Crownover, and members of the cast of The 39 Steps to enjoy a FREE screening at Coronado Public Library, courtesy of our community partners. After the movie, engage in a lively Q&A about the movie, the story & characters, and the adaptation by Patrick Barlow for stage, being presented at CPH.


Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.
During the run of The 39 Steps we are partnering with Coronado Public Library and Friends of Coronado Library in an effort to bring exposure and donations to this incredible organization that benefits us all.

For more information about Coronado Public Library you can visit their website…
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30pm
The Winn Room at Coronado Public Library
Screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Join our director, Desha Crownover, and members of the cast of The 39 Steps to enjoy a FREE screening at Coronado Public Library, courtesy of our community partners. After the movie, engage in a lively Q&A about the movie, the story & characters, and the adaptation by Patrick Barlow for stage, being presented at CPH.
Book drive for Second-Hand Prose
Friends of Coronado Library

Coming to see The 39 Steps? Books you no longer need? Bring along your gently-used books to CPH when you come to the show. We’ll have shelves in the theatre where you can leave them. All books will be donated to the Friends of Coronado Library who work year-round to raise funds for the library’s outreach and community-enriching programs.