Bucks County Playhouse Announces LOVE LETTERS Benefit, Starring Tyne Daly and James Earl Jones

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Bucks County Playhouse has announced a special two day engagement of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, starring theatre, television and film legends Tyne Daly and James Earl Jones. Love Letters will be performed on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street). Following the Saturday evening performance, there will be a benefit reception underwritten by The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (barleysheaf.com) to honor the cast and raise money for The Playhouse.

Directed by John Tillinger (Don't Dress For Dinner, Say Goodnight Gracie), Love Letters is a unique and imagiNative Theatre piece which is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

"The Playhouse continues to embrace its history as a place that welcomed legends of the entertainment world and we are also especially thrilled to welcome Ms. Daly back home to the stage that she appeared on along side her entire family in 1963," said Producing Director Jed Bernstein.

"This is exactly the kind of quality programming that should be gracing the stage of The Playhouse. We look forward to this and many other exciting upcoming events," said Bridge Street Foundation President Tanya Cooper.

"The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm is honored to host this esteemed cast at the Inn. Our connection with The Playhouse dates back to Bucks County's golden days when Pulitzer Prize winning playwright George Kaufman owned the Inn and hosted many luminaries of stage and screen here. It is precisely this legacy we celebrate as we host the benefit for the Bucks County Playhouse. We look forward to many more collaborations," said Inn President Christine Figueroa.

Tickets are $85 and $75 and are on sale beginning Wednesday, September 5th @ 10 am. For full details, and to purchase tickets for Love Letters, please visit bcptheater.org or call 215-862-2121. Tickets for the benefit reception are $165 and net proceeds will go to Bucks County Playhouse Theater, Inc. For benefit reception tickets and more information call 609-460-4630 x111 or email Lisa Patterson- lisa@bcptheater.org.

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 eighteenth century. Ironically, the structure was at that time in danger of demolition; however 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 theaters, with a veritable who's who of American theatrical royalty including Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen and Walter Matthau and remained in continuous operation until December 2010.

Thanks to the Bridge Street Foundation, the non-profit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty with Tanya Cooper as President, this beloved theatrical landmark was re-opened and celebrated on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and day from when it originally opened in 1939.



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