Photos: My night at Town Hall’s ‘The 39 Steps’

Mackenzie Paulsen and a “bottom’s up!” James O’Hagan-Murphy brush up on a key bit of physical comedy after having four days off between performances.


By John Moore
May 3, 2013

Welcome to my ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes on opening nights in Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore copyright 2013 for www.CultureWest.Org.

Opening No. 63: Town Hall Arts Center’s “The 39 Steps”: OK, so these photos were not taken on an opening night, given that the production closes this Sunday (May 5). But I’m playing catchup on the openings I missed during my foray into directing “Always … Patsy Cline.” In this quirky British send-up of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller, four actors play nearly 50 roles, retooling the classic thriller into a hilarious bit of stage nonsense comedy that manages to be both theatrically inventive and faithful to the movie. Featuring James O’Hagan-Murphy, Eric Mather, Mackenzie Paulsen and Seth Maisel. Directed by Bob Wells. Remaining showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hall’s ticketing page. Thanks: Rebecca M. Joseph, Leslie Rutherford and Drew Kowalkowski.

The following gallery is just one chapter in my ongoing photo series called “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” bringing you iconic snapshots from behind the scenes all over Colorado theater. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the actual, official photo series featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 62 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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 The exterior of the Town Hall Arts Center on Main Street in Littleton.


James O’Hagan-Murphy: “I say, I am a handsome bastard, aren’t I?”


Mackenzie Paulsen: “Not as handsome as I, James.”


Stage manager Rebecca M. Joseph carrying … Eric Mather on a bad day … while Seth Maisel looks at me as if I have just illegally stormed the Town Hall Arts Center compound.


Eric Mather on a good day.


Eric Mather on a bad day.


I say, James … that’s just rude.


Ain’t love grand?


A positive review from the Villager newspapers. So, yeah, I guess these photos weren’t taken on opening night.



(Please click “Page 2” below to go to the next page of our photos from our visit to “The 39 Steps.”)

By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at