Directed by Ken Parks for the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow and based on the novel by John Buchan and the eponymous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, presents an incredibly staged story of love and espionage.
Few actors ruled the big and small screen with such vigor during the 1970s as William Devane. Using his classically handsome Irish features to embody parts best described as "Ivy League menace," Devane hasn't stopped working since making his film debut in 1967.
"It's just me and the clock. It's up to me to keep the pulse going. The musicians don't know how far off or ahead they may be at any given time. The burden is on the conductor to make sure everything is lining up correctly."
It would seem that after decades of derision, film scores are finally beginning to take their place as true descendants of opera, and they are now appreciated by not only film fans but concertgoers as well.
August 13 marks the birthday of virtuoso director, Sir Alfred Hitchcock. To honor Mr. Hitchcock, the man who inspired my adoration of film, I would like to recount my peculiar relationship with the Master of Suspense.
Black was alternately eccentric, passionate, grounded and fascinating during our chat, her obvious intelligence shining through the entire proceedings. She remains one of my favorite conversations during nearly twenty years of doing interviews.