Lonny Price and Sheryl Kaller Among Directors for Summer Season at Bucks County Playhouse
By Andrew Gans
Jed Bernstein, producing director of Pennsylvania's Bucks County Playhouse, has announced the 2012 summer season for the reopening of the landmark venue.
The season will launch July 2 with A Grand Night for Singing, featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Directed by Lonny Price, performances will continue through July 22.
“Bucks County was such an important place in the life of Oscar Hammerstein II,” said Ted Chapin, president and executive director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, in a statement. “In Highland Farm he had a retreat where he did much of his creative work. The fact that a Rodgers & Hammerstein show – and one that celebrates the whole collaboration – is reopening the legendary Bucks County Playhouse is a thrill to us all. Congratulations!”
The summer season will continue with Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller, the comedy about two newlyweds on the top floor of a New York brownstone will run Aug. 7-26.
“I am so delighted that the Bucks County Playhouse, such an important place in my creative life, will be up and running again. For it to feature in its renaissance season, one of my own plays is icing on the cake,” stated Neil Simon.
A third production for a December run will be announced.
Jed Bernstein stated, “In planning the 2012 launch, we wanted to accomplish three very important goals: return live music to our stage, return to the BCP legacy of producing plays, and raise the quality of the performers and performances. These two productions allow us to accomplish that, as does our return to an Actors’ Equity contract."
In addition to the summer and holiday productions, Bucks County Playhouse will present a cabaret series, which will invite Playhouse cast members to step outside their traditional roles to perform in a 45-minute cabaret style show. The July edition will be hosted by award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, a long-time Bucks County resident.
Subscription tickets are on sale now. Tickets will go on sale to the general public April 27 at 10 AM. To purchase tickets visit bcptheater.org or call (215) 315-7788.
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