Patricia Neal, who ignited steamy screen chemistry with a slew of Hollywood hunks (on screen and off), and went on to win the very first Tony Award and an Academy Award, will appear in "Old Friends, An Unforgettable Night of Stories, Songs and Surprises," on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre.
Among the surprises will be an exceptionally rare song segment by Miss Patricia Neal. She'll be joined by "old friend" stage personality Sinthea Starr for the program of theatre scenes, anecdotes, comedy and music. Joel Vig (Ruthless), the veteran stage performer, conceived the program and is directing, which was one of the highlights of this summer's Edward Albee Theatre Festival in Alaska.
Besides her many TV appearances, Neal starred onscreen in "The Fountainhead" opposite Gary Cooper, "A Face in the Crowd" opposite Andy Griffith, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with George Peppard, and she won a Supporting Actress Oscar for "Hud," which starred Paul Newman.
She first won excellent notices on Broadway in 1946 in John Loves Mary, which she went on to star in on film. The same season she appeared as the young Regina in Another Part of the Forest, Lillian Hellman's prequel to The Little Foxes, for which she received a 1947 Tony Award as Featured Actress." Later appearances included the 1952 revival of Hellman's The Children's Hour.
Neal is also making appearances Nov. 5 and Nov. 14 in the "Food for Thought" series of lunch-hour readings at Gramercy Park's National Arts Club, starring with Eli Wallach in Tennessee Williams' Portrait of the Madonna. For information and reservations, call 212-362-2560. For information and tickets for "Old Friends," contact the Bay Street Theatre box office in Sag Harbor, (631) 725-9500.
— by Ellis Nassour