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Friday, September 25, 2009
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HATTIESBURG, Miss.The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2009-10 season with Terry Johnson’s “Hitchcock Blonde” Thursday Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

Johnson’s comedic thriller cleverly explores the mystery of Alfred Hitchcock’s voyeuristic fascination with his blonde leading ladies. It first debuted at London’s prestigious Royal Court in 2003 and its combination of Johnson and Hitchcock makes for compelling theatre.

The play contains content for mature audiences only.

Theatre professor Monica Hayes directs the Southern Miss production. “The play shifts in time with the central story set in 1999, flashbacks to 1959 in a parallel story, and film footage set in 1919,” Hayes said.

Johnson, an award-winning British playwright and director, is known for creating comedic interplay of diverse characters from popular culture, while Hitchcock is considered a pioneer of suspense techniques and one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

With moving scenery, stage combat, a shower scene from the movie ‘Psycho,’ shifting time periods and a cast of iconic players, “Hitchcock Blonde” requires the involvement of the entire theatre department.

Burton Tedesco, a master of fine arts performance student, fully embraces his role as Alfred Hitchcock and the physical challenges that come with it. To complete his transformation into the iconic filmmaker, Tedesco must wear a padded suit, foam prosthetics to create a double chin and shave the middle of his head.

“Every scene has something suspenseful and a clue that over the play adds up to the final sum,” Tedesco said.

“Hitchcock Blonde” will show at 7:30 p.m. each evening Oct. 1-4, 14-16 and Oct. 4 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for Southern Miss faculty, staff, seniors and military and $6 for students. To order tickets online, go to

Devon James, right, and Joseph Lopez will perform in the contemporary play “Hitchcock Blonde” at Martha R. Tatum Theatre Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at


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