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MUW lends talents to regional theater

 

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Two theater veterans from Columbus are part of "The 39 Steps," one of contemporary theater''s most thrilling and riotous comedy hits, being presented by New Stage Theatre in Jackson Jan. 25 through Feb. 6. 

 

William "Peppy" Biddy, head of MUW''s Department of Music and Theatre, is directing the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner. MUW Assistant Professor of Theatre David Carter is the production''s scenic designer. 

 

"It''s great when David and I get to work together on a professional production. We take the rapport we''ve established at the W and can apply it immediately in a new place," Biddy said. "It''s also good advertisement for the W." 

 

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and the result is "The 39 Steps." 

 

A man with a boring life meets a woman 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. A death-defying finale is in store. 

 

Biddy returns to New Stage Theatre after directing last season''s "Gutenburg! The Musical!" and appearing as "Robert" in "Boeing, Boeing." He previously directed New Stage productions of "Smokey Joe''s Cafe" and "The Idols of the King."  

 

During the play''s run, performances are at 7:30 p.m. weeknights and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

 

Tickets are $25, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. 

 

Purchase tickets by phone at 601-948-3531, or online at www.newstatetheatre.com. Or buy them at the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center at 1100 Carlisle St. in the Belhaven neighborhood.

 

 

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