Show: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Theater: OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS
Theater Website: https://oldacademyplayers.org/
Show runs: 01/10/2020 to 01/26/2020
PHILADELPHIA, PA – East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players proudly continues its 97th season by presenting its 523rd production, the hilarious and charming Barefoot in the Park by American playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist Neil Simon. Directed by Jane Jennings and produced by Elliot Rotman and Steve Peitzman, the show runs January 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, 2020; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
This delightful, classic romantic comedy has been enchanting audiences for over fifty years. When young newlyweds, free spirited Corie and sensible Paul, move into their first apartment, their passion is tested by the problems of New York City living. Add a humorous, over-involved mother-in-law, an eccentric, frisky upstairs neighbor, five flights of stairs, together with the wit of playwright Neil Simon and the sum is a delicious evening of theater.
In 1963 Barefoot in the Park opened on Broadway starring Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford and received three Tony Award Nominations (Play, Director, and Actress), winning for Best Director. The show ran for 1,530 performances, closing on June 25, 1967, making it Neil Simon’s longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. Redford reprised his role with Jane Fonda in the 1967 smash hit movie. Come and forget the troubles of this world, delve into a time before cell phones and social media – a time of fun and adventure which has not been posted on Instagram, but in your hearts and souls.
Simon held three honorary degrees; a Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, a Doctor of Letters from Marquette University and a Doctor of Law from Williams College. In 1983 Simon became the only living playwright to have a New York City theatre named after him. The Alvin Theatre on Broadway was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre in his honor, and he was an honorary member of Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre’s board of trustees. Also in 1983, Simon was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 1965, he won the Tony Award for Best Playwright (The Odd Couple), and in 1975, a special Tony Award for his overall contribution to American theater. Simon won the 1978 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for The Goodbye Girl. For Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), he was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, followed by another Tony Award for Best Play of 1985, Biloxi Blues. In 1991 he won the Pulitzer Prize along with the Tony Award for Lost in Yonkers (1991). Founded by Richard Dean Bugg in 2003, the Neil Simon Festival is a professional summer repertory theatre devoted to preserving the works of Simon and his contemporaries. In 2006, Simon received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Old Academy Players’ stellar cast includes: Bonnie Kapenstein as Mother, Marisa Block as Corie, Nolan Maher as Paul, Sam Gugino as Velasco, Michael Jeffrey Cohen as Telephone Man, and Jerry Jennings as Delivery Man.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Parking for all performances is free. Ticket price is $20 per adult; $10 per student with valid ID. Buy tickets online at www.OldAcademyPlayers.org. Old Academy welcomes groups! Take advantage of group discount pricing ($17 per person with 15 or more people in a group). Call 215-843-1109 for more information and tickets.
Old Academy Players, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their stage debuts, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Theater Address: 3544 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (215) 843-1109
Theater Amenities: Heated/Air Conditioned, Parking Lot
Purchase tickets online: https://oldacademyplayers.org/