Eva Marie Saint will star opposite her real-life husband, Jeffrey Hayden, in A.R. Gurney's epistolary drama Love Letters this summer, at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine's longstanding summer stock institution. The production will open the summer season on June 25. Eva Marie Saint became a film star after starring with Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront." She went on to make such movies as "North by Northwest" and "Exodus." She acted on Broadway in 1953's The Trip to Bountiful.
The season will continue as follows:
• Dracula, starring Jacques LeClerc, beginning July 2. Dracula was a surprise hit on Broadway in 1977, aided not a little by Edward Gorey's striking and macabre black-and-white (with a dash of red) scenic and costume designs. Gorey, a longtime resident of Cape Cod, died last spring at the age of 75. The drama starred Frank Langella as the count. Several actors succeeded him in the role, including LeClerc, who will recreate his performance. The mounting will play the Cape Playhouse in East Dennis, Cape Cod, June 18-30.
• 42nd Street, directed by Lee Roy Reams, beginning July 16. Reams, who starred as Billy Lawlor in the original 42nd Street, takes another look at the show that remains his best-known credit. The production will travel to the Cape Playhouse, July 30-Aug. 11.
• I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, beginning July 30
• Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, beginning Aug. 13
The Ogunquit, one of the last survivors of the New England "Straw Hat" summer stock circuit, was founded in 1933 by Walter and Maude Hardwig. It has been owned since 1995 by the Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation.
—By Robert Simonson