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For Immediate Release
November 5, 2013

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Stuart Soloway
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“Hitchcock Meets Hilarious” at Next “Stage Whispers” Talk

Joel Van Liew, from Geva’s The 39 Steps, is the Guest

Press Release Photo Joel Van Liew

Brockport, NY – Geva Theatre Center’s production of The 39 Steps is an adaptation of one of Hitchcock’s early films. Far from being a straight retelling of the story, the stage version utilizes only four actors to play every part, which leads to some riotous antics. How does one get from Hitchcock, the master of suspense, to doubling over with laughter? Part of the answer is Joel Van Liew, who is part of the Geva cast, and will explain it when he presents “Hitchcock Meets Hilarious” at the next Stage Whispers talk, which takes place on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 10 am, in the College’s Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 180 Holley Street. The talk is free and open to the public.

The films of Alfred Hitchcock are generally regarded as some of cinema’s finest. A master of suspense, his movies are classics on their own and a template for any filmmaker longing to make an audience jump in their collective seats. Yet, regardless of the tension he would build, Hitchcock always had an air of whimsy about him as well, especially evidenced in some of his later works.

Van Liew is making his Geva Theatre Center debut in The 39 Steps. Off-Broadway credits include From Up Here at MTC and Well at the Public Theater. Regional credits include The Ver**on Play at Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England for Two River Theater Co., The Pavilion at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Well at ACT., Pride and Prejudice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Visit and The Winter's Tale for Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. Film credits include The Girl in the Book and A Birder's Guide to Everything. Television credits include Boardwalk Empire, The 22, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Are We There Yet?, White Collar, and Law & Order.

The “Stage Whispers” series is sponsored by The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies in conjunction with their educational partnership with Geva Theatre Center. The series gives community members insight into the process of professional theatre artists. For more information, please call (585) 395-2787.


Photo: Photo 1: Joel Van Liew, appearing in the Geva Theatre Center production of The 39 Steps, will be the guest at Stage Whispers: A Conversation with Theatre Professionals at The College at Brockport on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 10 am.

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