“Bucks County Playhouse” Unveils Major Renovation Plans
FOR RELEASE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
“ B U C K S C O U N T Y P L A Y H O U S E ”
UNVEILS MAJOR RENOVATION PLANS
WITH LONG TERM VISION OF GREATLY ENHANCED FACILITIES
AND IMPROVED AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE
ANNOUNCES “FOUNDERS CLUB” PROGRAM TO RAISE $1 MILLION
IN FUNDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
New Hope, PA (2/16/12) – At an open house event earlier today, Bucks County Playhouse (BCP), the legendary and beloved theater in New Hope, Pennsylvania, revealed exciting and sweeping renovation plans to its storied facilities. The long-term vision is centered on how to make the Playhouse more functional, self-sustaining, and enjoyable for all who visit, and these renovations will be executed in phases.
Future plans include: enhancing the functionality and esthetics of the water front area, updating actor’s accommodations, and potentially building a deck around the back of the Playhouse overlooking the Delaware. “The most difficult challenge is ensuring that we balance the scope of this first phase in a manner that addresses compliance issues, yet is conservative on expenditures in areas of the Playhouse that are slated for future renovations,” stated Tanya Cooper, President of the Bridge Street Foundation. “These plans have been born out of a close collaboration with architect Michael Schnoerring from the firm of Mills & Schnoerring (architects of the Westport Country Playhouse).”
To help fund these broad capital improvements, the Bucks County Playhouse has created a “Founders Club” program, which was also announced at today’s open house. The “Founders Club” is an outreach from Kevin and Sherri Daugherty to engage a group of uniquely philanthropic individuals to share the goal of returning the Playhouse to its former glory. The hope is to achieve a goal of $1,000,000 in support of reopening BCP. For more information about the “Founders Club”, call 215-315-7788.
BCP is scheduled to reopen in summer of 2012. The first production will begin previews on Monday, July 2nd, 73 years and a day after the playhouse first opened. The second production will begin performances on Tuesday, August 7th. Each production will run for three weeks.
A local landmark that has sat empty since late 2010, Bucks County Playhouse has showcased some of Broadway's most recognizable talent since it opened in 1939. Under the leadership of producing director Jed Bernstein and, most importantly, with support from the local community, the Playhouse will soon delight theater fans again. Having lost its Equity status under the previous leadership, it is now on the path to return to Equity status. Additionally, an important goal for the theater is to bring back live music in various productions.
BCP has also introduced a theater membership program. So many people have asked about ways to support and be a part of the revival of the playhouse and the first and easiest is to join the Playhouse as a member. Benefits will range from “first chance” ticket access and discounts to special offers at local businesses and attractions. Memberships are $80 for individuals, $160 for families, and $500 for businesses. For more information, and to purchase a membership, visit the new website at www.bcptheater.org or call 215-315-7788.
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. In continuous operation until December 2010, a veritable who’s who of American theatrical royalty has trod its boards, 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.