Bucks County Playhouse, the historic American summer theatre that has lured stars and been a launching pad for Broadway plays, will present the world premiere of a play by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally as part of its summer season. Tony winner Tyne Daly, McNally's recent Maria Callas in the Broadway revival of his Master Class, will star in the still-unnamed project June 12-23.
Jed Bernstein, producing director of BCP, announced the McNally news on March 21, the day tickets went on sale for the season. No director has been mentioned.
McNally's many credits include Love! Valour! Compassion!; Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; Corpus Christi; The Ritz; Golden Age; the in-the-wings play And Away We Go (to be produced this fall by Pearl Theatre Company) and many more.
Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a grist mill dating from the late 18th century. The structure was at that time in danger of demolition, but playwright Moss Hart and the local community rallied to save the building and re-opened it as a theatrical venue, which quickly became one of the country's most famous regional theatres. It remained in continuous operation (under a number of operators) until December 2010. Bridge Street Foundation, the non-profit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty with Tanya Cooper as president, reopened the venue on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years from when it originally opened in 1939. The Rodgers & Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing launched the 2012 season.
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