The Everyman Repertory Theatre is one of only two professional companies in Maine to have been awarded the rights to the smash Broadway hit play “The 39 Steps,” the Tony Award winning comedy thriller adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s film version of John Buchan’s novel.

The other troupe is Portland Stage. The cast for the Everyman Rep’s production will include John Burstein, David Troup, Jennifer Hodgson and Paul Hodgson. The show is scheduled for November.

Burstein was in New York City at loose ends one night in January, auditioning actors for his “Slim Goodbody” show, and went to see the play for something to do, said Everyman’s artistic director Paul Hodgson.

“He e-mailed the three of us as soon as he got back to his hotel room to say that we have to do this show,” Hodgson said.

“The 39 Steps” has since gone on tour, with seven companies touring the country, and has opened in another theater on Broadway.

“We love bringing Broadway to Main Street,” said Hodgson. “We started with Edward Albee’s ‘Occupant’ and we’re continuing with ‘The 39 Steps.’ Plus, I’ve got some co-performers to die for.”

Burstein has been producing award-winning children’s television and theater programming for the past 30 years, best known for his work in health and fitness (he created the character of Slim Goodbody). He has been all over public TV stations, Nickelodeon, HBO and other cable networks. Burstein, who lives in Lincolnville, has won Parent’s Choice Gold Awards, has worked with everyone from Greenpeace to the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports and written more than 50 children’s books.

Troup, who lives in Rockland, has worked in New York City and on national tours. He has worked on stage with Arthur Penn (director of “Bonnie and Clyde”) and Herbert Berghof (married to Uta Hagen, he was in the first Broadway production of “Waiting for Godot”); and in film with Hal Hartley, who won at Cannes with his film “Henry Fool” for Best Screenplay).

Jennifer Hodgson of Rockport has enjoyed a career on stage, the West End, and radio in the United Kingdom, performing with such luminaries as the BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Manilow and alongside Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings”).

Details can be obtained by calling the Everyman Rep box office at 236-0173.

“And if you or your business wants to become one of The 39 Steppers by sponsoring one of 39 steps, call the same number,” said Paul Hodgson.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

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