Pear Theatre kicks off the new year with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Taking Steps,” scheduled to preview Jan. 16, open Jan. 17 and run through Feb. 9 in Mountain View.
“Steps” is set in 1979 on three floors of an old and reputedly haunted house, but the stage is arranged so that the “stairs” are flat and all three floors are on a single level (hence the play on words in the title). The audience will sit on three sides of the stage in an effort to make patrons feel a part of the action.
The play follows a hard-drinking tycoon, his wife (who is always considering leaving him), his lawyer, the builder selling the house, the tycoon’s brother-in-law and his in-law’s fiancée (possibly running away from the impending marriage) as they gather in the Victorian house.
Troy Johnson directs. His previous directing credits at The Pear include “Northanger Abbey” (adapted from Jane Austen’s novel), “Tribes,” “Intimate Apparel” and “Fifth of July.”
The cast includes Todd Wright (as businessman Roland Crabbe), Betsy Kruse Craig (Crabbe’s wife Elizabeth), Matt Brown (builder Leslie Bainbridge), David Boyll (Elizabeth’s brother Mark Boxer), Roneet Aliza Rahamim (Mark’s reluctant fiancée Kitty) and Max Tachis (ineffectual lawyer Tristram Watson).
The design and crew team includes stage manager Kelly Weber Barraza, costume designer Trish Files, lighting designer Meghan Souther and sound designer David Hobbs.
Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St. A champagne gala will follow the Jan. 17 show.
Tickets are $20-$35.
For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.