Bucks County Playhouse's 75th Season to Include Marilu Henner in 'VANYA AND SONIA,' Marsha Mason-Helmed CHAPTER TWO & More
Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) has announced its 75th Anniversary Season, starting with a salute to the theater's illustrious history with Neil Simon's Chapter Two, a comedy about love the second time around. Directing will be Golden Globe Winner® and four-time Academy Award® nominee Marsha Mason. Mason starred as Jennie in the film version of this hilarious and touching story that asks if you can start a second chapter when you can't let go of the first? Performances begin May 22 and run through June 15 at the Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA).
Next up, the Playhouse presents one of the most successful plays in Broadway history, Deathtrap. This comic thriller was written by suspense master Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby") who spins the best thriller and 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. Evan Cabnet helms the production direct from his sold out NYC production of Donald Margulies's The Model Apartment. Performances begin June 19 through July 13.
Summer gets hotter this July when stage and screen star Marilu Henner appears in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Bucks County neighbor Christopher Durang. Henner plays the narcissistic B-movie star Masha, who pops home to Bucks County to visit her anguished siblings with a few surprises in store. Tony® nominee Sheryl Kaller, who directed BCP's Mothers and Sons now playing on Broadway, directs this deliriously funny comedy that won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Performances: July 17 through August 10.
In August, the theater jumps to life with the songs of Fats Waller in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Ain't Misbehavin'. Directed by the Hunter Foster and choreographed Lorin Lotarro, this Broadway team will recreate the Golden Age of Harlem nightclubs with a show that features a songbook of classics including "Honeysuckle Rose," "Your Feets Too Big," and "Black and Blue." This jazzy and rowdy evening will have fingers snappin' and toes tappin' long after audiences leave the theater. Based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Performances: August 14 through September 7.
"We are thrilled to welcome Marsha Mason and Marilu Henner back to Bucks County this summer, and look forward to sharing these fantastic shows with our subscribers, neighbors and new friends," said Robyn Goodman, Executive Producer.
Additionally exciting for all visitors this summer, the Playhouse is pleased to launch the Playhouse Riverview Café, offering an outdoor dining experience along the Delaware River and Aquetong Creek. "We're partnering with local restaurants in offering hot & cold small plates with our full bar before and after each show. We'll also feature an unplugged musical schedule showcasing local, emerging musicians to complement these casual refreshments at water's edge," says Alexander Fraser, Producing Director.
Photo by Peter James Zielinski