Hitchcock screenings promote play

From left to right, junior theater majors Alexis Slocum, Peter LaPrade, Rob Miller, and Taha Mandviwala practice Act 1 of their play “The 39 Steps” on Monday, February 2, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Hunter Mitchell

By Chelsey Gooden

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The dark style of film director Alfred Hitchcock will be on display in the coming weeks as the Department of Theatre and Dance present the Hitchcock Film Series.

Professor Nancy Jones, chair of the Department of Theatre, came up with the idea for the Hitchcock Film Series, and said that the inspiration came from wanting to expose students and others to Hitchcock’s films and also provide context to the upcoming production of Hitchcock’s film “The 39 Steps,” which begins Feb. 19 at Guignol Theatre.

The series consists of four Hitchcock movies; “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” “The Birds” and “The 39 Steps” that play from Jan. 26 through Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Briggs Theatre, with pizza and drinks for $5. The film series will be showcasing Hitchcock’s art while also funding a student trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival using the proceeds from food and drink sales.

Integrated strategic communications and theatre junior Katie Noble, who is part of the group that will be attending the trip to the festival, helps out with the film nights, and said the film series is a unique way to provide context for the play and also gives people the chance to watch and enjoy Hitchcock films.

Theatre junior Peter LaPrade plays main character Richard Hannay and said that the film series is a great way to expose people from this generation to films that people don’t normally get to see.

Biology junior Lexie Magnani attended the film series on Feb. 2 to see “Psycho,” and plans to attend the play. Magnani said that she plans to compare the movie and play to see how they align, and noted that she likes the idea of the film series and thinks they should use this strategy to promote future plays.