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Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions March 22 for the casting of Patrick Barlow’s comical adaptation of “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced, often hilariously irreverent theatrical recreation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic mystery thriller film of 1935. Call 503-635-3901 to reserve an audition slot.

Director Don Alder is seeking four actors to play nearly 150 roles. Needed are a woman, age 20 to 30 and three men, ages 20 to 50. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles require English and/or European accents. All roles receive remuneration.

Auditions will be held at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., in Lake Oswego. Those auditioning are to bring a resume and an 8-inch by 10-inch glossy photo.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director’s discretion. For more information and role breakdown, see Lakewood’s website at lakewood-center.org

“The 39 Steps” opens July 11 and continues through Aug. 17. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, some Sundays at 7 p.m., some 2 p.m. Sunday matinees and two 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performances.

The play is about a man with a boring life who meets a woman with a thick accent 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 in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.

A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” is the winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards in 2008 and winner of Best New Comedy — Laurence Olivier Award in 2007. The play, adapted by Patrick Barlow, is based on the John Buchan novel and the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name.

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