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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason to Star in Virtual Staged Reading of THE LETTERS OF NOËL COWARD

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The reading will take place on Tuesday, August 25, at 8 p.m

Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason to Star in Virtual Staged Reading of THE LETTERS OF NOËL COWARD

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the virtual staged reading of The Letters of Noël Coward, directed by Bob Balaban, on Tuesday, August 25, at 8 p.m. at baystreet org. Following the screening, a question-and-answer session will take place via Zoom with Mr. Balaban. Ticket purchasers will receive a private link where they can watch The Letters of Noël Coward, which will also include a link to our Zoom broadcast for the Q & A. Tickets are available for $30 and can be purchased online 24/7 via baystreet.org.

The Letters of Noël Coward features correspondence between English playwright Noël Coward, writer Graham Greene, and actor Sir Alec Guinness, in the years following their collaboration on the 1959 comedic spy film, Our Man in Havana, based on the novel of the same name by Greene. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, and Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Marsha Mason read the correspondence in conversation. The letters, curated by Balaban, celebrate the wit, bonhomie and jaundiced eyes of three veterans of show business, as they discuss life, art, and everything from Cole Porter to varicose veins.

During its release, Our Man in Havana broke box office records in New York and London, and with a screenplay written by Graham Greene, and featuring Ernie Kovacs and Burl Ives (in addition to the aforementioned stars) the film has since developed a cult following. Shot on location in Cuba two years after the fall of the Batista regime, the set was visited during filming by Fidel Castro, who complained that the novel did not accurately portray the brutality of the prior regime.

This edition of The Letters of Noel Coward, serving as an informal reunion of the stars of the beloved film, The Goodbye Girl, is full of infectious and irresistible enjoyment that Dreyfuss and Mason take in each other, as they caper through these witty epistles.

Richard Dreyfuss is an award-winning actor and producer known for his roles in American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Mr. Holland's Opus. He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for his role in the 1977 romantic comedy, The Goodbye Girl, opposite Mason. Dreyfuss and Mason both appeared at Bay Street Theater in the 1998 world premiere of House by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally.

Marsha Mason is an award-winning actor known for her roles in Cinderella Liberty, Chapter Two, Only When I Laugh, and The Goodbye Girl, each of which earned her an Academy Award nomination. For her role in The Goodbye Girl, opposite Dreyfuss, Mason won the 1978 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. She also appeared opposite Dreyfuss in the Bay Street Theater production of House, by Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally, which enjoyed its world premiere on our stage in 1998.


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