Bucks County Playhouse Announces Entire Cast for 2014 Summer Season
"We are thrilled to welcome back Marilu Henner and Marsha Mason to Bucks County Playhouse and are excited to add Christopher Durang, Saxon Palmer, Raviv Ullman, Aisha and Darius De Haas, and all of our new cast members to the BCP family," says Producing Director, Alexander Fraser.
Premiering next week is Deathtrap, one of the most successful plays in Broadway history. Saxon Palmer (Three Sisters), Raviv Ullman (TV's Phil of the Future), Angela Pierce (The Norman Conquests) and David Wohl (Saving Private Ryan) join previously announced cast member, Marsha Mason. Evan Cabnet helms the production. Suspense master Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby") spins the best horror themes, twisting them into a plot that thickens when the young writer of a brilliant new thriller is lured to the home of a famed playwright with writer's block. Performances: June 19 through July 13. Official Deathtrap Bios below.
Days following Deathtrap, the summer heats up in July when stage and screen star Marilu Henner (Masha) joins Bucks County resident and playwright Christopher Durang (Vanya), in Durang's own, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Deidre Madigan (Sonia), Jimmy Mason (Spike), Mahira Kakkar (Cassandra), and Clea Alsip (Nina) round out the cast. This production brings the Tony-winning Best Play home to Bucks County Playhouse, when the narcissistic B-movie star Masha, pops home to Bucks County to visit her anguished siblings with a few surprises in store. Tony® nominee Sheryl Kaller, who directed the BCP and Broadway productions of Mothers and Sons directs this deliriously funny comedy. Performances: July 17 through August 10. For official cast bios please visit bcptheater.org.
In August, the theater gets into full swing with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Ain't Misbehavin'. Brother and sister team Aisha and Darius de Haas along with cast members, Britney Coleman, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Max Kumangai, Alicia Lundgren, and Richard Riaz Yoder will have the audience snapping their fingers and tapping their toes to the songs of Fats Waller. Directed by Hunter Foster and choreographed by Lorin Lotarro, this Broadway team will recreate the Golden Age of Harlem nightclubs with a show that features such classic songs as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Your Feets Too Big," and "Black and Blue." Performances: August 14 through September 7. For official cast bios please visit bcptheater.org.
SAXON PALMER (Sidney Bruhl) Broadway: Three Sisters, Design for Living. Other New York: Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Broken Heart, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice (NYC & RSC), The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience); Measure for Pleasure (The Public Theater); You Never Can Tell (Roundabout Theatre); A Flea in Her Ear (Bill Irwin, dir.); Twelfth Night (LaMaMa); Belle's Stratagem (Davis McCallum, dir.). Regional: Tonight at 8:30 (Williamstown), King (NY Stage & Film), David Copperfield (Joanne Woodward, dir.), The Pillowman (Wilma), title roles in Hamlet and Coriolanus (John Dillon, dir.). Film/TV: Limitless, Law & Order, Ed, All My Children, As the World Turns." Training: Florida State University and Florida School of the Arts.
ANGELA PIERCE (Myra Bruhl) is delighted to be making her debut at the Bucks County Playhouse & working with the very talented Evan Cabnet. She most recently wrapped shooting on the feature film When the Moon Was Twice as Big, due out next year, after closing her Off-Broadway run of Bikeman direction Michael Bush at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Angela's Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: The Norman Conquests direction Matthew Warchus; A Streetcar Named Desire direction Ed Hall, King Lear direction James Lapine, Love Goes to Press direction Jerry Ruiz, Silver Nitrate direction Gwynn MacDonald. Regional theatre's include: The Guthrie, Old Globe, Royal Shakespeare Company, Intiman, Barrington Stage, CATF, Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. & N.J., Denver Theatre Center, Hartford TheaterWorks, Cape Playhouse. Angela's Film and Television credits include; Mania Days, Unburden, You Don't Know Jack, Malevolence3, Play House, Able Danger, Mattie Fresno, What Would You Do?, 30 Rock, Lie to Me, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Medium, Law & Order: SVU/CI. She is a BFA graduate of The Juilliard School, on the Board & Alum of The Acting Company & teaches for The Shubert Organization - Broadway InMotion / Broadway InBound. Special thanks to Stephanie and Tara!
RAVIV ULLMAN (Clifford Anderson) is thrilled to be making his Bucks County debut. Theater: Russian Transport (The New Group), The Bad Guys (Second Stage), Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater Co.), Dead End (Center Theater Group, dir. Nicky Martin), The King & I (National Tour), A Rosen by Any Other Name (Connecticut Critics Circle nomination). Raviv played lead characters on both television series Phil of the Future and Rita Rocks, as well as guest spots on House, Cold Case, Law & Order SVU/CI, Criminal Minds: SB and others. He has also been seen in several indie films, MOWs, and pilots. Thanks to Evan and the company for a beautiful and fright filled summer.
MARSHA MASON (Helga ten Dorp) has received Academy Award nominations for her roles in the films The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh, and Chapter Two. She has also received two Golden Globe Awards for her roles in film. On television, her credits include the wildly popular Frasier, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination, and the biopic Life with Judy Garland. While most well-known for her roles on film, Mason has starred in a number of Broadway productions, including Impressionism (with Jeremy Irons), Steel Magnolias, The Night of the Iguana, The Good Doctor, King Richard III and Cactus Flower, as well as Off-Broadway productions of I Never Sang for My Father, A Feminine Ending, Wintertime, Amazing Grace, and Old Times. Some of Mason's regional credits include starring in All's Well That Ends Well at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, American Conservatory Theatre's A Doll's House, You Can't Take it With You, The Crucible, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hecuba for Chicago Shakespeare Co and last summer starring in Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife here at the BCP. Internationally, she has performed in Prisoner of Second Avenue in London. Mason has written her memoir, Journey: A Personal Odyssey. This past Broadway season, Ms. Mason is proud to have been selected as a part of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. She is very proud to be back at Bucks County in Deathtrap after directing the first production of this season, Chapter Two.
DAVID WOHL (Porter Milgrim) Broadway: Golden Boy, Dinner at Eight (Lincoln Center), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Roundabout), Fiddler on the Roof (Minskoff). Off Broadway: Recent: The Last Will (Abingdon). Other: Between the Songs, The Shaker Chair (EST), Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), The Frugal Repast (Abingdon), Don Juan (TFANA), Isn't it Romantic (Playwrights Horizons), The Basement Tapes (Villlage Gate). Regional: Recent: Elegy (Victory Gardens), Freud's Last Session (Pittsburgh Public). Other: Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, LATC, Mixed Blood, Cincinnati. Film: Recent: You Must Be Joking (upcoming). Other: The Wackness, Joe Gould's Secret, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots! Part Deux, War of the Roses, Presumed Innocent, Troop Beverly Hills, The Couch Trip, Brewster's Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie's Choice. Television: Series regular on Brooklyn Bridge, D.E.A., Once a Hero, Hey Arnold. Recent: White Collar, Suits, The Good Wife, Rescue Me. Other: many episodes and tv movies. As director: Soulcake (NY Stage and Film), Homecare (Riant Theatre).
EVAN CABNET (Director) Recent credits include: Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment (Lortel, Drama Desk, and Off Broadway Alliance nominations for Best Revival), A Kid Like Jake (Lincoln Center Theater), Christopher Shinn's Teddy Ferrara (Goodman, Chicago), David West Read's The Performers (Broadway, Longacre Theater) And The Dream of the Burning Boy (Roundabout Underground), All-American (LCT3), Warrior Class (Second Stage Uptown), Outside People (Vineyard/Naked Angels), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Co.), Elizabeth Meriwether's Oliver Parker! (stageFARM) and The Mistakes Madeline Made (Naked Angels), Map of Heaven (Denver Center), Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! (Long Wharf, East Coast premiere), The Gingerbread House (stageFARM / Rattlestick), and his own adaptations of Ubu Roi and Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Williamstown). He is an Associate Artists with the Roundabout Theater Company, a Performance Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera, and the recipient of the 2013 Theater Hall of Fame Emerging Artist Award. Upcoming projects include: Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior (Primary Stages) and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria (Vineyard).
ABOUT THE BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, provides the finest theatrical entertainment for visitors and residents of New Hope, Doylestown, Lambertville and the Delaware Valley. Its mission: to present first class professional entertainment and regain the Playhouse's historic place in the national theatrical landscape; and to stimulate, support, inspire and celebrate the performing arts via community programs, partnerships and arts education.
Located between Philadelphia and New York, Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building. The Playhouse quickly became one of the country's most famous regional theaters, featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Liza Minnelli and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, received its world premiere at the Playhouse in 2013 and opened on Broadway in February 2014, where it was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. This returned the Playhouse to its roots as an incubator for Broadway, including 1951′s The Fourposter starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Neil Simon's first play Come Blow Your Horn, and Barefoot in the Park starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley.
The Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.