Playhouse Productions puts new production team in place for “Bucks County Playhouse”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
PUTS NEW PRODUCTION TEAM IN PLACE FOR
“ B U C K S C O U N T Y P L A Y H O U S E ”
DARYL BOLING, BRITT MARDEN,
MATTHEW TROILLETT & JOHN VIVIAN
JOIN RECENTLY REOPENED THEATER
New Hope, PA (3/7/12) –Jed Bernstein, President of Playhouse Productions and the Producing Director of the legendary and beloved Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, has announced the senior leaders of his producing team. The staff which will usher in the theater’s reopening this July includes: Daryl Boling (General Manager),Britt Marden (Director of Marketing), Matthew Troillett (Artistic Associate), and John Vivian (Production Manager).
Boling comes to the Bucks County Playhouse after spending the last 4 ½ years at New York’s Off-Broadway Signature Theatre where he shepherded their move to a new $66MM facility on West 42nd Street. Marden is currently Vice President of Marketing and Development for Playhouse Productions’ sister company, Above the Title Entertainment, at which she headed its marketing work for shows such as Driving Miss Daisy and Rated P for Parenthood. Troillett joined the Above the Title Entertainment team in the fall of 2010, after stints at Manhattan Theatre Club and the West Virginia Public Theatre. Vivian most recently served as the Production Stage Manager for Rent on Broadway for 12+ years.
“We think we have the beginnings of a terrific team, whose combined talents will lead the Playhouse back to its formidable position in the theatre universe,” said Jed Bernstein.
BCP’S first production will begin previews on Monday, July 2nd, 73 years and a day after the playhouse first opened in 1939 The second production will begin performances on Tuesday, August 7th. Each production will run for three to four weeks.
In order to generate resources to complete the renovations, the BCP recently introduced a theater membership program and a “Founders Club” program. Membership benefits, which range from “first chance” ticket access and discounts to special offers at local businesses and attractions, cost $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.
The “Founders Club” is an attempt to engage a group of uniquely philanthropic individuals to share the goal of returning the Playhouse to its former glory. The hope is to raise $1,000,000 in support of reopening BCP. For more information about the “Founders Club”, 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.
Daryl Boling (General Manager). Daryl comes to Bucks County Playhouse after spending the last 4 ½ years at New York’s Off-Broadway Signature Theatre. During his time as Signature’s Operations Manager, he had the privilege of managing many of the daily Production and Administrative Operations as well as serving as a key player in launching and relocating the company into Signature Center – a Times Square-adjacent 75,000 square foot, Frank Gehry-designed, permanent home for Signature Theatre – fully realizing the company’s long-standing mission to celebrate playwrights at all levels of their careers. Prior to Signature, Daryl served for 8 years as the Founding Managing Director of Manhattan Theatre Source – an Off-Off Broadway arts service organization and theatre with a mission of linking disparate New York City performing arts communities. Daryl provided leadership in collaboratively sculpting the space, the message, and the infrastructure that helped launched an institution that became a cornerstone of the Greenwich Village arts community for more than a decade. Additionally, he produced over a dozen critically and commercially successful productions ranging from Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy/The White Liars to Keith Reddin’s All The Rage. Over the years, Daryl crafted much of the web, print marketing and messaging at ‘The Source’, influenced heavily by his previous years working in Promotion Marketing at Comedy Central. Prior to moving to New York, Daryl rounded out his training by serving as Operations Manager (Prudential Securities) and Property Manager (Windmill Apartments).
Britt Marden (Director of Marketing) is currently Vice President of Marketing and Development at Above the Title Entertainment. She has headed the marketing efforts for the Broadway hit Driving Miss Daisy, Working in Chicago, and the new Off-Broadway musical Rated P…For Parenthood and has produced numerous events for The Bloomberg Family Foundation and the YMCA of Greater NY. Britt began her career at the Broadway League (Then The League of American Theatres and Producers) in 1999 as the assistant to the President. For 10 years she served as Manager of Events and Programs, producing and executing all of the League's major industry-wide events including Broadway on Broadway, Kids' Night on Broadway, Broadway Under The Stars, Stars in the Alley, and more. She was associate producer on several television specials including The Visa Tony Award Preview Concert for which she earned a NY Emmy nomination. In addition to these large scale productions she was the point person for the League's cornerstone sponsors and partners to coordinate VIP and hospitality programming for clients around the country. Her clients included Continental Airlines, Visa, JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Sprint, Net Jets, Anheuser- Busch, among many others. The events had a philanthropic component that successfully raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Britt has also coordinated League member forums and a special speaker series which included appearances by author, Seth Godin and New York City restaurateur, Danny Meyer. From 2004-2010, Britt was the marketing manager for the Tony Award marketing and sponsorship team that developed and implemented marketing advertising and promotional strategies to create awareness and increase tune-in for the CBS broadcast. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
Matthew Troillett (Artistic Associate) joined the Above the Title Entertainment team full time in the fall of 2010. He is a graduate of the Wright State University Professional Actor Training Program with a Cum Laude Honors B.F.A. degree in Acting. ATTE projects include: The Broadway and London productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Stephen Schwartz’s Working in Chicago and the new Off-Broadway musical Rated P…For Parenthood. In addition he serves as the Program Administrator for the Commercial Theater Institute, a thirty plus year old training program for early career producers. Previously, Matthew worked as the casting intern at Manhattan Theatre Club and spent summers at The Human Race Theatre Co. assisting with their New Musical Workshops and as the Assistant Company Manager for the West Virginia Public Theatre's inaugural season at the Morgantown Events Center. At Wright State, he served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Jubilee Directing Lab Theatre, the completely student run performance space on campus, where he directed: i Sing!, Art, D-Lab Cab and Senior Year's A Drag. Also while at WSU he conceived his one person show: Holy Homo Batman!, and was the Producing Director of Stu-Cab '08: The Resurrection.
John Vivian (Production Manager), was the production stage manager of Rent on Broadway for 12 years. Other Broadway shows: Molly Sweeney with Jason Robards & Alfred Molina, Death and the Maiden with Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman, Pygmalion with Peter O’Toole, Hay Fever with Rosemary Harris, Man on the Moon with John Philips & Denny Doherty, Waltz of the Toreadors and Twice Around the Park with Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson. Off Broadway: Moscow Stations with Tom Courtenay and London Suite with Carole Shelley & Kate Burton at the Union Square Theater, The Hands of Its Enemy with Dann Florek & Phyllis Frelich and Blue Plate Special with David Straithairn & Gretchen Cryer at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Isn’t It Romantic with Betty Comden & Jim Rebhorn, Christmas On Mars with Michael O’Keefe and Geniuses with David Rasche & Joanne Camp at Playwrights Horizons, Kaufman At Large with John Lithgow, Maggie & Pierre with Linda Griffiths, Meetings with Michelle Shay & Carl Lumley and Bonjour La Bonjour with Dianne Weist & William Katt, After The Prize with David McCallum at The Phoenix Theater and Ten by Tennessee at The Lucille Lortel Theater. John has also been part of countless regional, summer stock and touring productions.